Volume 13 Number 4 Year - 2019
Number of articles: 20
TOWARDS A CHARACTERIZATION OF BPM TOOLS' SIMULATION SUPPORT: THE CASE OF BPMN PROCESS MODELS
Authors: José Luís Pereira, António Paulo Freitas
Abstract: Due to the increasing acceptance of BPM (Business Process Management), nowadays BPM tools are extensively used in organizations. Core to BPM are the process modeling languages, of which BPMN is the one that has been receiving most attention these days. Once a business process is described using BPMN, one can use a process simulation approach in order to discover its optimized form. This paper analyzes the business process modeling and simulation areas, identifying the elements that must be present in the BPMN language in order to allow processes to be simulated. During this analysis a set of existing BPM tools, which support BPMN, are compared regarding their limitations in terms of simulation capabilities. In this context, a platform to support the characterization of BPM tools regarding process simulation capabilities has been developed, which might be useful to users who want to select the most adequate BPM tool taking into account their simulation needs.
Keywords: BPM, BPM tools, BPMN, Process modeling, Process simulation
Article info: pp. 783-796
Recieved: 10.06.2019  Accepted: 05.09.2019  UDC: 519.876.2   Downloads: 815