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Towards a flexible business process modeling and simulation environment

DOI: 10.1109/WSC.2008.4736255 Conference: Proceedings of the 2008 Winter Simulation Conference, Global Gateway to Discovery, WSC 2008, InterContinental Hotel, Miami, Florida, USA, December 7-10, 2008
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Business process is crucial to the success of any business. Business process modeling enables a common understand-ing and analysis of a business process, and simulation is an effective way to diagnose and evaluate complex business processes. There are lots of software tools in market for business process modeling and simulation, however, a common issue for these tools is the conflict between usabil-ity and flexibility. The improvement of usability often means the reduction of flexibility. This paper introduces an IBM asset named Supply Chain Process Modeler (SCPM), which aims at providing a tailored business process model-ing and simulation environment for business users. SCPM tries to achieve a better trade-off between usability and flex-ibility with two major efforts, a process repository for proc-ess modeling, and a flexible environment for process simu-lation. A case study from real consulting practice is also included to illustrate how SCPM works for business process simulation.

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