Process Weakness Patterns for the Identification of Digitalization Potentials in Business Processes

  • Florian RittmeierEmail author
  • Gregor Engels
  • Alexander Teetz
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing book series (LNBIP, volume 342)


An important element of digital transformation is the digitalization of processes within enterprises. A major challenge is the systematic identification of digitalization potentials in business processes. Existing approaches require process analysts who identify these potentials by using the time-consuming method of pattern catalogs or by relying on their professional experiences. In this paper, we classify potentials of digitalization and derive corresponding patterns for a future pattern-based analysis procedure. This shall enable the automated identification of digitalization potentials in BPMN diagrams. Those patterns were derived from our work with five companies from different sectors. In comparison to existing approaches, our proposed method could support a more efficient and effective identification of digitalization potentials by process analysts.


Digitalization potentials Process weakness patterns BPI Digital transformation Information flow modeling Requirements engineering 



This article was written in the context of the project Business 4.0 (, which is part of the integrated action concept “OWL 4.0 - Industry, Labour, Society”. The project is supported by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Florian Rittmeier
    • 1
    Email author
  • Gregor Engels
    • 1
  • Alexander Teetz
    • 2
  1. 1.SI-LabPaderborn UniversityPaderbornGermany
  2. 2.Department of Computer SciencePaderborn UniversityPaderbornGermany

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