A Decade of Business Process Management Conferences: Personal Reflections on a Developing Discipline

  • Wil M. P. van der Aalst
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7481)


The Business Process Management (BPM) conference series celebrates its tenth anniversary. This is a nice opportunity to reflect on a decade of BPM research. This paper describes the history of the conference series, enumerates twenty typical BPM use cases, and identifies six key BPM concerns: process modeling languages, process enactment infrastructures, process model analysis, process mining, process flexibility, and process reuse. Although BPM matured as a research discipline, there are still various important open problems. Moreover, despite the broad interest in BPM, the adoption of state-of-the-art results by software vendors, consultants, and end-users leaves much to be desired. Hence, the BPM discipline should not shy away from the key challenges and set clear targets for the next decade.


Event Data Business Process Management Conformance Check Process Reuse Graph Match Algorithm 
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  • Wil M. P. van der Aalst
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  1. 1.Department of Mathematics and Computer ScienceTechnische Universiteit EindhovenThe Netherlands

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