2nd International Workshop on Business Process Management in the Cloud

in conjunction with BPM 2014, September 07-11 2014

Haifa, Israel, September 08, 2014

Eindhoven, The Netherlands, September 08, 2014




Workshop Program

Venue: Room ZD 2.03, Eindhoven University of Technology

15:00-15:30      Afternoon Tea / Coffee (Auditorium)
15:30-15:45 Welcome Talk (Ingo Weber)
15:45-16:15 Keynote BPM in the Cloud (Gero Decker)
16:15-16:45 YAWL in the Cloud: Supporting Process Sharing and Variability (Dennis Schunselaar, Eric Verbeek, Hajo Reijers, and Wil van der Aalst)
16:45-17:00 Wrap-up
19:00-21:00 Workshop Dinner at Café Centraal
21:00- Process Mining Party at Café Hoogste Tijd



Cloud computing is a paradigm for the on-demand delivery of infrastructure, platform, or software as a service. Cloud computing enables network access to a shared pool of configurable computing and storage resources as well as applications which can be tailored to the consumer's needs. Cloud resources can be rapidly provisioned and released, and are billed based on actual use, thus reducing up-front investment costs. Not only can individual services be hosted on virtual infrastructures but also complete process platforms. Further, besides benefits to run-time Business Process Management (BPM), during design-time cloud-based services can enable collaboration between geographically dispersed teams and assist the design process in general - amongst others, Process Modelling as a Service removes the need for installation of software, and is thus more attractive for the occasional user.


A cloud-based architecture for BPM may provide important benefits:


  • Elasticity: process engines or process tasks can scale up/out or down/in depending on the actual load to reduce investment cost and manage load peaks.
  • Flexibility: processes can be assembled with more flexibility as service selection can not only include the software but also the platform or infrastructure for it to run on.
  • Measurement: as service applications in the cloud are individually metered, detailed measurement data is available and can be used to provide additional services such as process monitoring.


The research directions of core interest to this workshop are summarized by three questions:


  1. How can BPM benefit from the cloud?
  2. What should BPM in the cloud look like?
  3. What can BPM bring to cloud computing practices?


Among a number of challenges, there is a lack of conceptualization and theory on BPM with respect to cloud computing. For the most part, the topic of cloud computing has only been implicitly regarded in BPM research when discussing design-time tools. Few works have addressed workflow enactment in the cloud to date. However, a detailed research agenda which covers theory, design-time, run-time, and use cases is missing. The goal of the 2nd International Workshop on Business Process Management in the Cloud is to lay the foundation for such a research agenda



Authors are invited to submit novel contributions in the above mentioned problem domain. We also invite people from the scientific workflow community to submit papers, so that the different communities can share insights and ideas. Specifically, the relevant topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Cloud and BPM: concepts and theory, e.g.
    • Cloud-centric flexibility, adaptability and evolution in BPM
    • Business Process or BPM as a Service (BPaaS/ BPMaaS)
    • BPM as a platform or software service
    • Business process analytics as a service
    • Compliance in cloud-based BPM
    • Security, privacy, and trust in cloud-based BPM
    • Socio-technical aspects of cloud computing for BPM
  • Design-time BPM in the cloud, e.g.
    • Methods, tools, techniques to design cloud aspects of BPM systems
    • Cloud support for BPM design
    • Design-time optimization of process models and systems
    • Description languages for cloud-based processes
  • Run-time BPM in the cloud, e.g.
    • Automated service and virtual resource selection and allocation
    • Load balancing of BPM engines/ processes/ process instances/ process tasks
    • Scaling of BPM engines/ processes/ process instances/ process tasks
    • Monitoring of processes and process steps running in the cloud
    • Security enforcement in cloud-based BPM
  • Use cases for BPM in the cloud, e.g.
    • Best practices, success factors and empirical studies on cloud-based BPM
    • New delivery models for BPM, application scenarios
    • Reports on use cases within companies and government
    • Requirements definition issues for use cases
    • Application of cloud computing concepts from scientific workflows to BPM


The following types of submission are solicited:

  • Full paper submissions, describing substantial contributions of novel ongoing work. Full papers should be at most 12 pages long.
  • Short paper submissions, describing work in progress. These papers should be at most 6 pages long.
  • Use case submissions, describing results from a cloud-based use case. These papers should be at most 6 pages long.


Papers should be submitted in LNBIP format. Papers have to present original research contributions not concurrently submitted elsewhere. The title page must contain a short abstract, a classification of the topics covered, preferably using the list of topics above, and an indication of the submission category (Full Paper/ Short Paper/ Use case).

All workshop papers will be published by Springer as a post-workshop proceedings volume in the series Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing (LNBIP). These proceedings will be made available to all registered participants approximately four months after the workshops, while preliminary proceedings will be distributed during the workshop.


Papers can be uploaded via the submission system:



Important Dates

Deadline paper submissions:  01 June 2014

Extended deadline paper submissions:  08 June 2014

Notification of acceptance: 01 July 2014

Camera-ready papers due: 23 July 2014


Format of the Workshop

The workshop is planned as a half-day event, including a keynote, paper presentations, and a moderated, open discussion with the clear goal of agreeing upon a research roadmap for business process management and the cloud research, by taking into account new challenges as described earlier.

For the keynote, we aim at a speaker who will give a rather visionary view on the role of BPM in the Cloud. A clear objective of the closing discussion is to yield a first draft of a respective research agenda.


Organizing Committee

Ingo Weber (contact)
Australian Technology Park
Level 5, 13 Garden Street
Eveleigh NSW 2015
ingo (DOT) weber (AT) nicta (DOT) com (DOT) au


Christian Janiesch
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
Institute of Applied Informatics and Formal Description Methods (AIFB)
Englerstr. 11, Building 11.4076131 Karlsruhe, Germany


Stefan Schulte
Vienna University of Technology
Faculty of Informatics
Argentinierstrasse 8/184-1
1040 Wien


Program Committee

Arun Anandasivam, IBM
Soeren Balko, Queensland University of Technology
Gero Decker, Signavio
Schahram Dustdar, Vienna University of Technology
Dimka Karastoyanova, University of Stuttgart
Ulrich Lampe, Technische Universität Darmstadt
Jan Mendling, Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien
Hajo Reijers, Eindhoven University of Technology
Stefanie Rinderle-Ma, University of Vienna
Ralf Steinmetz, Technische Universität Darmstadt
Stefan Tai, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
Srikumar Venugopal, University of New South Wales
Yi Wei, Microsoft
Matthias Weidlich, Imperial College London
Xiwei (Sherry) Xu, NICTA