Business Process Management

Concepts, Languages, Architectures (Second Edition)

Business Process Management: Concepts, Languages, Architectures (Second Edition)

Cover BPM Textbook 2nd Ed. by Mathias Weske

Mathias Weske: Business Process Management: Concepts, Languages, Architectures
2nd ed. 2012, XV, 403 p. 300 illus. Hardcover ISBN 978-3-642-28615-5
© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2012, Springer Link

A Personal Note

Dear Readers,

The second edition of the BPM book has been published in May 2012. I worked on the revision from late 2011 through spring 2012, with most intensive times in the first weeks of 2012. The changes can be summarized as follows:

In addition to these major changes, there were many minor changes and corrections. I hope that you like the book and that it will serve as standard textbook in business process management for the years to come. If you have comments or if you find a mistake or something unclear, please drop me a note at mathias dot weske at

Thanks and happy reading!

Mathias Weske

Potsdam, May 22, 2012

Back Cover Text

Business process management is usually treated from two different perspectives: business administration and computer science. While business administration professionals tend to consider information technology as a subordinate aspect in business process management for experts to handle, by contrast computer science professionals often consider business goals and organizational regulations as terms that do not deserve much thought but require the appropriate level of abstraction.

Mathias Weske argues that all communities involved need to have a common understanding of the different aspects of business process management. To this end, he details the complete business process lifecycle from the modeling phase to process enactment and improvement, taking into account all different stakeholders involved. After starting with a presentation of general foundations and abstraction models, he explains concepts like process orchestrations and choreographies, as well as process properties and data dependencies. Finally, he presents both traditional and advanced business process management architectures, covering, for example, workflow management systems, service-oriented architectures, and data-driven approaches. In addition, he shows how standards like WfMC, SOAP, WSDL, and BPEL fit into the picture.

This textbook is ideally suited for classes on business process management, information systems architecture, and workflow management. This 2nd edition contains major updates on BPMN Version 2 process orchestration and process choreographies, and the chapter on BPM methodologies has been completely rewritten. The accompanying website contains further information and additional teaching material.


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