An integrated approach based on execution measures for the continuous improvement of business processes realized by services. Delgado, A.; Weber, B.; Ruiz, F.; Guzmán, I. G. d.; and Piattini, M. Information and Software Technology, 56(2):134 - 162, 2014.
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Organizations are rapidly adopting Business Process Management (BPM) as they focus on their business processes (BPs), seeing them to be key elements in controlling and improving the way they perform their business. Business Process Intelligence (BPI) takes as its focus the collection and analysis of information from the execution of \BPs\ for the support of decision making, based on the discovery of improvement opportunities. Realizing \BPs\ by services introduces an intermediate service layer that enables us to separate the specification of \BPs\ in terms of models from the technologies implementing them, thus improving their modifiability by decoupling the model from its implementation. Objective To provide an approach for the continuous improvement of BPs, based on their realization with services and execution measurement. It comprises an improvement process to integrate the improvements into the \BPs\ and services, an execution measurement model defining and categorizing several measures for \BPs\ and service execution, and tool support for both. Method We carried out a systematic literature review, to collect existing proposals related to our research work. Then, in close collaboration with business experts from the Hospital General de Ciudad Real (HGCR), Spain, and following design science principles, we developed the methods and artifacts described in this paper, which were validated by means of a case study. Results We defined an improvement process extending the \BP\ lifecycle with measurement and improvement activities, integrating an execution measurement model comprising a set of execution measures. Moreover, we developed a plug-in for the ProM framework to visualize the measurement results as a proof-of-concept prototype. The case study with the \HGCR\ has shown its feasibility. Conclusions Our improvement vision, based on \BPs\ realized by services and on measurement of their execution, in conjunction with a systematic approach to integrate the detected improvements, provides useful guidance to organizations.
@article {Delgado2014134,
	title = {An integrated approach based on execution measures for the continuous improvement of business processes realized by services},
	journal = {Information and Software Technology},
	volume = {56},
	number = {2},
	year = {2014},
	pages = {134 - 162},
	abstract = {Organizations are rapidly adopting Business Process Management (BPM) as they focus on their business processes (BPs), seeing them to be key elements in controlling and improving the way they perform their business. Business Process Intelligence (BPI) takes as its focus the collection and analysis of information from the execution of \{BPs\} for the support of decision making, based on the discovery of improvement opportunities. Realizing \{BPs\} by services introduces an intermediate service layer that enables us to separate the specification of \{BPs\} in terms of models from the technologies implementing them, thus improving their modifiability by decoupling the model from its implementation. Objective To provide an approach for the continuous improvement of BPs, based on their realization with services and execution measurement. It comprises an improvement process to integrate the improvements into the \{BPs\} and services, an execution measurement model defining and categorizing several measures for \{BPs\} and service execution, and tool support for both. Method We carried out a systematic literature review, to collect existing proposals related to our research work. Then, in close collaboration with business experts from the Hospital General de Ciudad Real (HGCR), Spain, and following design science principles, we developed the methods and artifacts described in this paper, which were validated by means of a case study. Results We defined an improvement process extending the \{BP\} lifecycle with measurement and improvement activities, integrating an execution measurement model comprising a set of execution measures. Moreover, we developed a plug-in for the ProM framework to visualize the measurement results as a proof-of-concept prototype. The case study with the \{HGCR\} has shown its feasibility. Conclusions Our improvement vision, based on \{BPs\} realized by services and on measurement of their execution, in conjunction with a systematic approach to integrate the detected improvements, provides useful guidance to organizations.},
	keywords = {Business Process execution measurement, Business Process Intelligence (BPI), Business Process Management (BPM), Continuous Process Improvement (CPI), ProM framework, Service Oriented Computing (SOC)},
	issn = {0950-5849},
	doi = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.infsof.2013.08.003},
	url = {http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0950584913001742},
	author = {Andrea Delgado and Weber, Barbara and Ruiz, Francisco and Guzm{\'a}n, Ignacio Garcia-Rodr{\'\i}guez de and Piattini, Mario}
}
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