BPM 2018
   Sydney, Australia. September 9-14, 2018



Marco Montali

Brian T. Pentland

Department of Accounting and Information Systems, Michigan State University

Title. Beyond Mining: Theorizing about processual phenomena

Abstract: For decades, process miners have been toiling deep in the event logs of digitized organizations. Through this collective experience, the process mining community has developed a powerful set of tools and a compelling set of use cases for those tools (discovering, monitoring, improving, etc.) In this talk, I want to suggest that some of these same tools may be useful for other entirely different kinds of problems. In particular, recognizing and comparing patterns of action should be useful for theorizing about a wide range of processual phenomena in organizational and social science.

Bio: Brian T. Pentland is the Main Street Capital Partners Endowed Professor in the Department of Accounting and Information Systems at Michigan State University. His research is focused on the analysis of repetitive patterns of action, such as organizational routines. His creative work has appeared in Academy of Management Review, Accounting, Organizations and Society, Administrative Science Quarterly, JAIS, Journal of Management Studies, Management Science, MIS Quarterly, Organization Science, Organization Studies, YouTube and elsewhere. He received his PhD in Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1991 and SB in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1981.

Manfred Reichert

Manfred Reichert

Institute of Databases and Information Systems, Ulm University

Title. Business Process Management in the Digital Era: Scenarios, Challenges, Technologies

Abstract: The Internet of Things (IoT) has become increasingly pervasive in daily life as digitization plays a major role, both in the workplace and beyond. Along with the IoT, additional technologies have emerged, such as augmented reality, mobile and cognitive computing, blockchains or cloud computing, offering new opportunties for digitizing business processes. For example, the Industrial IoT is considered as essential for realizing the Industry 4.0 vision, which targets at the digital transformation of manufacturing processes by integrating smart machines, data analytics, and people at work. Though digitization is a business priority in many application areas, the role of digital processes and their relation with physical (i.e. real-world) ones have not been well understood so far, often resulting in an alignment gap between digital and physical process. In this keynote characteristic scenarios for digitizing processes in a cyber-physical world are illustrated and the challenges to be tackled are discussed. Moreover, a link between the scenarios and contemporary BPM technologies is established, indicating the mutual benefits of combining BPM with IoT and other digital technologies.

Bio: Manfred Reichert is Professor of Computer Science and Director of the Databases and Information Systems Institute at Ulm University, Germany. Prior to this appointment, he was Associate Professor at the University of Twente. His research interests span across the fields of digital services, information systems, and business process management. His ongoing work focuses on technologies for digitizing business processes in cyber-physical environments. Currently, he collaborates with several large companies, including Daimler, BMW and Uhlmann Pac Systems. Manfred was PC co-chair of the BPM’08, CoopIS’11, and EDOC’13 conferences, and general chair of the BPM’09 and EDOC’14 conferences as well as the BPM’15 workshops. He is corecipient of several best paper wards (e.g. OTM’05, EDOC’08, AIMS‘17) and received the BPM Test of Time Award at the BPM’13 conference. Finally, he is co-founder of the AristaFlow Ltd. and co-author of a Springer book on process flexibility.

Sanjiva Weerawarana

Sanjiva Weerawarana

WSO2 - Web Service Oxygen

Title. Bringing Middleware to Everyday Developers with Ballerina

Abstract: Middleware plays an important role in making applications secure, reliable, transactional and scalable. Workflow management systems, transaction mangers, enterprise service buses, identity gateways, API gateways, application servers are some of the middleware tools that keep the world running. Yet everyday programmers don't have the luxury (or pain?) of such infrastructure and end up creating fragile systems that we all suffer from. Ballerina is a general purpose, concurrent, transactional and statically & strongly typed programming language with both textual and graphical syntaxes. Its specialization is integration - it brings fundamental concepts, ideas and tools of distributed system integration into the language and offers a type safe, concurrent environment to implement such applications. These include distributed transactions, reliable messaging, stream processing, workflows and container management platforms. Ballerina’s concurrency model is built on the sequence diagram metaphor and offers simple constructs for writing concurrent programs. Its type system is a modern type system designed with sufficient power to describe data that occurs in distributed applications. It also includes a distributed security architecture to make it easier to write applications that are secure by design. This talk will look at how Ballerina makes workflow and other middleware features into inherent aspects of a programming language and how it can help bring middleware to everyday programmers to make all programs better.

Bio: Sanjiva Weerawarana is Founder, Chairman and Chief Architect of WSO2, where he leads the design, architecture and development of Ballerina. After starting WSO2 in 2005, Sanjiva lead the creation of a complete set of middleware products before deciding to throw them all away and start again with a programming language approach. Prior to starting WSO2, he was at IBM Research where he led the development of Web services standards and technologies. He's a long time open source developer and advocate and is a Member of the Apache Software Foundation, an Emeritus Board Member of the Open Source Initiative and Founder and Chief Scientist of the Lanka Software Foundation. He also volunteers in the Sri Lanka Army where he serves as the IT advisor. He received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Purdue University in 1994.