Merging Event-driven Process Chains
A main goal of corporate mergers is to gain synergy effects through the alignment, integration, or combination of business processes. While business processes are typically handled differently among companies, many of them are variations of a common process like, e.g., procurement or invoicing. The first goal for process analysts when aligning business processes is thus to identify and seamlessly integrate overlapping process parts. To support this, the authors present in this paper an approach that merges two Business Process Models which are depicted as Event-Driven Process Chains into a single process model without restricting the behavior that was possible in both the original models. The resulting model can serve as a starting point for further process optimization.