EDOC 2018 will be complemented by several workshops. These workshops are meant to facilitate the exchange of ideas and experiences between active researchers and practitioners as well as to stimulate discussions on new and emerging issues in line with the conference topics. Workshops may concentrate in-depth on research topics, or may also be devoted to application and/or standardization issues.

EDOC 2018 is glad to be the host of four high-quality satellite workshops:

  • Adaptive Case Management and other non-workflow approaches to BPM (AdaptiveCM)
  • Models and Techniques for Situation-aware Enterprise Computing (MTSEC)
  • Service-oriented Enterprise Architecture for Enterprise Engineering (SoEA4EE)
  • Trends in Enterprise Architecture Research (TEAR)

You will find below a short description of these workshops. For more information, please refer to each workshop’s individual website.

Adaptive Case Management and other non-workflow approaches to BPM (AdaptiveCM)

Chairs: Irina Rychkova, Centre de Recherches en Informatique, Paris 1
Ilia Bider, DSV Stockholm University
Keith Swenson, Fujitsu America

Abstract: The sign of our time is the amazing speed with which changes in the business world happen. This requires an increasing agility from the enterprises: their structures, processes and decision-making mechanisms.

Started by F. Taylor and H. Ford, a pursuit of process optimization, automation and efficiency resulted in creation of workflow concept, where a process is considered as a (predefined) flow of tasks, where the human involvement is minimized.

Agile enterprise means agile decision making on all levels to quickly react on changes in the world, and even be proactive. In IS engineering, it means greater importance of the role of knowledge worker who has an advantage over any automated workflow of being able to adapt to the situations.

Decision-making remains a challenging aspect in process management: process automation increases productivity, reinforces control and guarantees a minimal quality, while leaving no room for innovative and adaptive decision making “at run time”. For modern companies, this tradeoff becomes less and less acceptable. Empowering knowledge workers with tools and systems for efficient, flexible decision making wile guaranteeing that the resulted process will be compliant with norms and standards – is the important endeavor for both researchers and practitioners. A focus on agility requires a paradigm shift in the enterprise computing. A novel paradigm promotes less prescriptive process execution rules extended with decision making models and supports knowledge workers, giving them the opportunity to creatively use their knowledge and experience in volatile environments.

Models and Techniques for Situation-aware Enterprise Computing (MTSEC)

Chairs: Marten van Sinderen, University of Twente
Luís Ferreira Pires, University of Twente

Abstract: Sensor networks and the Internet of Things greatly enhance the capability of systems to detect situations of interest by monitoring their environment. Situations of interest can be very diverse and depend on the business objectives of the enterprise in which such systems are being used. As two extremes, consider for example early warning systems for detecting situations that are relevant to the management of natural disasters, and combat management systems for detecting situations that are relevant to combat and maritime security operations. This trend of using situation-awareness in order to improve decision-making and response services can nowadays be observed in many business sectors and spawned new paradigms like smart manufacturing and Industry 4.0. In this workshop, we address the challenges of designing situation-aware enterprise computing, including the modelling and detection of situations, the provisioning of situation-triggered services within and across business organizations, and the contribution of services to the business value chain and business objectives.

Service-oriented Enterprise Architecture for Enterprise Engineering (SoEA4EE)

Chairs: Selmin Nurcan, University Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne
Rainer Schmidt, Munich University of Applied Sciences

Abstract: Enterprise Engineering (EE) is the application of engineering principles to the design of Enterprise Architectures. It enables deriving the Enterprise Architecture from the enterprise goals and strategy and aligning it with the enterprise resources. Enterprise architecture is used to map the enterprise goal and strategy to the enterprise’s resources (actors, assets, IT supports) and to support the evolution of this mapping. It also provides documentation on the assignment of enterprise resources to the enterprise goals and strategy. There are different paradigms for creating enterprise architecture. The most important is to encapsulate the functionalities of IT resources as services. By this means, it is possible to clearly describe the contributions of IT both in terms of functionality and quality and to define a service-oriented enterprise architecture (SoEA).

The goal of the workshop is to develop concepts and methods to assist the engineering and the management of service-oriented enterprise architectures (SoEA) and the software systems supporting them

Trends in Enterprise Architecture Research (TEAR)

Chairs: Ulrik Franke, Swedish Institute of Computer Science (RISE SICS)
Jürgen Jung, Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences
Markus Buschle, Zeb.consulting

Abstract: The field of Enterprise Architecture (EA) has gained considerable attention over the last years. EA significantly contributes to organizations’ need to adapt increasingly fast to changing customer requirements and business goals. This need influences the entire chain of activities of an enterprise, from business processes to IT support. Moreover, a change in one component of the overall architecture may influence many other components of the architecture. For example, when a new product is introduced, business processes for production, sales, and after-sales need to be adapted. It may be necessary to change applications, or even adapt the IT infrastructure. Each of these fields will have its own (partial) architectures. To keep the enterprise architecture coherent and aligned with the business goals, the relations between these different architectures must be explicit, and a change should be carried through in all architectures. In contrast to traditional architecture management approaches such as IT architecture, software architecture, or IS architecture, EA explicitly incorporates “pure” business-related artifacts in addition to traditional IS/IT artifacts. For Enterprise Architecture the focus is on the overall enterprise and concerns its organization, its components, the relationship between components, and principles governing its design and evolution.

Notes from TEAR breakout session on Harmonisation of EAM and agile methods.