Business process models play a central role in describing, analyzing, improving, implementing, and monitoring business processes. They serve as a communication vehicle for professionals with different background and expertise, ranging from business administration, quality management, and organizational development to process improvement, systems architectures, and software development.
Recently, there is a strong focus on operational decisions in business processes, since they influence the process flow, its performance and quality. Decision models complement process models by representing concrete, operational decisions, both with their structure and their decision logics.
This online course introduces concepts of business process modeling using the Business Process Model and Notation (BPMN). Participants will learn the elements of process models and their precise meaning. Based on a thorough understanding of business process models, the last part of the course covers decision models using the recent standard Decision Model and Notation (DMN).
The course covers concepts to describe and analyze business processes and decisions. It does not cover methods on how to model, improve, monitor or implement business processes. Still, a deep understanding of business processes and decisions is a useful basis for these activities.
The course is conducted by Prof. Dr. Weske and his team. The teaching team is complemented by HPI staff members and Phd students Luise Pufahl and Kimon Batoulis as well as the HPI students Julian Weise and Maarten Oestreich.
The previous version of this course without decision modeling is available here: Business Process Modeling and Analysis (2013), October 27, 2013 to January 07, 2014
Find out more in the certificate guidelines.
Professor Dr. Mathias Weske is chair of the business process technology research group at Hasso Plattner Institute at the Digital Engineering Faculty, University of Potsdam, Germany. His research focuses on the engineering of process oriented information systems, decision management, and event handling. Dr. Weske is author of the first textbook on business process management and he held the first massive open online course on the topic in 2013. He is on the Editorial Board of Springer's Distributed and Parallel Databases journal, Springer’s Computing journal, and he is a founding member of the steering committee of the BPM conference series and, since September 2017, chairperson of the steering committee.