Object-Aware Business Processes: Fundamental Requirements and Their Support in Existing Approaches
Despite the increasing maturity of process management technology not all business processes are adequately supported by it. In particular, support for unstructured and knowledge-intensive processes is missing, especially since they cannot be straight-jacketed into predefined activities. A common characteristic of these processes is the role of business objects and data as drivers for process modeling and enactment. This paper elicits fundamental requirements for effectively supporting such object-aware processes; i.e., their modeling, execution and monitoring. Based on these requirements, the authors evaluate imperative, declarative, and data-driven process support approaches and investigate how well they support object-aware processes.