Towards functional safety and security for adaptive and flexible business processes

V. Geist, C. Natschläger, C. Illibauer, K. Schewe. Towards functional safety and security for adaptive and flexible business processes. Journal of Software: Evolution and Process, volume 30, number 5, pages e1952, DOI 10.1002/smr.1952, 5, 2018.

  • Verena Geist
  • Christine Natschläger
  • Christa Illibauer
  • Klaus-Dieter Schewe
JournalJournal of Software: Evolution and Process

Business Process Management (BPM) provides many benefits for a company including productivity, efficiency, compliance, risk management, consistency, repeatability, and measurability. Many of these aspects also ensure and improve functional safety, privacy, and security in process execution. However, managed business processes lack flexibility, i.e. changing a business process requires more effort than adhoc execution and adaptation. Thus, especially in small companies, the acceptance rate of managed business processes is low. So we claim that in current BPM approaches, the structuredness ensuring functional safety and security concepts contradicts with the objective for flexibility. The main goal of the AdaBPM project is to address this contradiction by providing a formal approach to handle advanced adaptations and exception handling in business processes. The result of our research is an approach for flexible BPM combined with the possibility to nevertheless manage the process and define safety and security restrictions.