In-memory business process management

Balko, Soeren & Barros, Alistair (2014) In-memory business process management. Elsevier BV. [Working Paper] (Unpublished)


In-memory databases have become a mainstay of enterprise computing offering significant performance and scalability boosts for online analytical and (to a lesser extent) transactional processing as well as improved prospects for integration across different applications through an efficient shared database layer. Significant research and development has been undertaken over several years concerning data management considerations of in-memory databases. However, limited insights are available on the impacts of applications and their supportive middleware platforms and how they need to evolve to fully function through, and leverage, in-memory database capabilities. This paper provides a first, comprehensive exposition into how in-memory databases impact Business Pro- cess Management, as a mission-critical and exemplary model-driven integration and orchestration middleware. Through it, we argue that in-memory databases will render some prevalent uses of legacy BPM middleware obsolete, but also open up exciting possibilities for tighter application integration, better process automation performance and some entirely new BPM capabilities such as process-based application customization. To validate the feasibility of an in-memory BPM, we develop a surprisingly simple BPM runtime embedded into SAP HANA and providing for BPMN-based process automation capabilities.

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ID Code: 79248
Item Type: Working Paper
Refereed: No
Keywords: In-memory databases, NewSQL databases, Business process management, BPMN, SAP HANA
ISSN: 0169-023X
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Past > Research Centres > Smart Services CRC
Deposited On: 04 Dec 2014 23:27
Last Modified: 06 Jul 2017 10:45

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