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I recently took some time to finish the initial wallpaper photographies page. If you like---just as I do---using nice photographs as wallpapers, please feel free to check this page.

Just to test you: Any idea of this one?

What about this one?

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Business Models in the Internet of Things 

As you might have seen, I'm involved in the shift from Business Process Management to the Internet of Things and Services (IoTS) in the recent years. While the IoTS has many interesting aspects to investigate, one of particular concern is the creation of new business models. In particular, we are interested in investigating whether business models in the IoTS have special characteristics.

A student of mine, Stephan Degen, investigated this particular question and came up with interesting results as well as a guideline for an innovation workshop in the area of the Internet of Things:

"The Internet of Things (IoT) has begun to attract a great deal of attention, not only in the world of information technology, but in other industries as well. In the Internet of Things any physical object can be part of the Internet. The physical world merges with the digital world. The vision of the connection of everyday objects with the Internet is almost unlimited as far as technical and economic opportunities for businesses are concerned. Due to the technological advances in recent years, this vision is technically feasible, but still only exists in a limited number of ways for customers. One reason for this may be the large number of possibilities.

In order to offer more for consumers and increase the value to the Internet of Things, new business models need to be developed. Business models help to illustrate, how a company can create value for themselves and the customer. Furthermore, companies can differentiate themselves among competitors by developing new business models.

Therefore, this thesis presents a method for creating business models for the Internet of Things. The aim of the method is to develop a business model, based on an idea, which considers the specificities of the Internet of Things. Consequently, the essential part of this thesis is the presentation of an approach for the illustration of business models in the Internet of Things, the presentation of a procedural model for creating business models in the Internet of Things and the presentation of a concept for the realization of this procedural model within a workshop. These key points are based on the development of specificities of business models in the Internet of Things and the comparison of existing approaches for mapping business models."

--- Abstract from the thesis by Stephan Degen

I highly recommend taking a look at this very interesting and readable thesis. You can download the full thesis here (German only).

Finally, I would like to thank Bosch Software Innovations for funding the research!

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EDOC 2014 Paper - Production Case Management 

For all of you interested in the next evolution of BPM/Case Management, we now have an accepted full paper at the EDOC conference taking place later this year in Ulm (

The paper revisites and enhances the ideas presented in one of my most viewed blog entries on Production Case Management (PCM).

While the ideas of PCM can be easily explained in a live demo with a running prototype, writing a scientific paper about a new kind of idea is a different beast. Actually, we (Jan who wrote the Master thesis and I) submitted a first version for the BPM 2013 conference but got rejected.

The feedback of the reviewers made me rethink the ideas and presentation, moving away from the informal style that we originally thought was best to introduce something new. I also introduced the topic to some smart researchers of the Business Process Technology Group of the Hasso-Plattner-Institute, who really adopted the ideas and worked together on the next version.

As we needed to learn the hard way, however, also our "professional" supported try to publish the paper at this years CAiSE conference failed.

We once again took the feedback of the reviewers and rewrote the paper another time, creating the final version that got accepted after three tries tackling the topic of PCM from different angles.

We also have a lot of follow-up ideas---stay tuned!
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Impressions from Beijing 

While I was at the BPM conference in Beijing, China, I had the chance to do some sightseeing.

At our first evening we found Houhai Bar Street, the most obvious Tourist Trap in Beiijing.

A view from the subway station Wudaokou nearby the conference hotel.

A view of the Tiananmen Square---with rigorous security checks (passport required & x-ray for your bags).

Inside the Forbidden City.

A view from the Jingshan Park's Temple over the Forbidden City.

Wangfujing Street---One of Beijing most famous shopping streets.

Somewhere on the way to the Temple of Heaven (Zhushikou Street).

The Temple of Heaven (in the background) with the Long Corridor.

The conference's Social Event within the Summer Palace.

A three-level street crossing somewhere near Guomao.

World Trade Center Tower 3---Beijings tallest building.

Yep, you can also find something like this...

And finally, Beijing has a quite tremendous spaceairport; this is just half of the entrance area of Terminal 3.
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BPM 2013 - Agile BPM Methodology 

Today I'm blogging directly from the International Conference on Business Process Management 2013, taking place in Beijing, China. While not really anything on the net works as expected, at least my blog does :-)

Since I'm not sure what I'm allowed to write about from this conference (no, hopefully just kidding), I'll simply focus on promoting our conference paper that Christian Thiemich and I wrote about An Agile BPM Methodology.

The paper is a really nice summary of Christian's Master Thesis updated with recent results. Best of all, it's written in English, so anyone who is interested in an agile BPM methodology can finally take a closer look.

Edit (Sep 01, 2013): You can find the corresponding presentation here.
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