Process modeling platform for students and researchers

Business process management has been introduced into many business administration and computer science curricula all over the world. The Signavio-Oryx Academic Initiative now offers a web-based process modeling platform to all students, lecturers and researchers that can be used free of charge and without installation effort.

When you are teaching business process modeling, it is not sufficient to focus on the theory behind it, Prof. Mathias Weske remarks, chair of the Business Process Technology group at the Hasso-Plattner-Institute and Scientific Director of Signavio. Only by integrating practical projects into university classes, students will experience the challenging intersection of business operations and IT realization.

This is where the Signavio-Oryx Academic Initiative helps: A web-based platform for business process modeling and analysis is provided free of charge. It can be integrated into classes easily thanks to the modeling exercises that are delivered with it. In addition, researchers can develop their own prototypes based on the Open source project Oryx, which in turn can be published and evaluated on the web platform.

Leading research groups from all over the world support this initiative: The University of Stuttgart, the Humboldt University of Berlin, the Queensland University of Technology from Australia, the TU Eindhoven from the Netherlands, the Stevens Institute of Technology from the US as well as the Hasso-Plattner-Institute in Potsdam. Anonymized data that is created through the usage of this platform is in turn the starting point for empirical research. That way we can explore how humans cope with graphical modeling and which difficulties typically arise, Prof. Jan Mendling from the Humboldt University explains.

The Signavio-Oryx Academic Initiative will be launched at the BPM 2009, the most important academic conference in this area, in Ulm on September 8.