Challenges of Processes Simulation with Dynamic Batch Processing Activities
Business Process Management (BPM) often encompasses process improvements based on Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). As a tool for estimating optimization parameters, business processes simulation can be used. Commercially available BPM tools with BPMN 2.0 accordance, have built-in simulation features which vary in the extent of supporting advanced process simulation options. In this paper, we address dynamic batch processing activities as a challenge for BPM tools with simulation features and their dynamic impact in executing activities. Further on, basic process scenarios examples were used for testing and evaluating the capabilities of selected BPM tools especially in relation to Time Driven Activity Based Costing model (TD ABC model). Closing part of the paper deals with significant limitations of BPM tools in supporting batch processing activities and the comparison to TD ABC model simulation as temporary solution for these problems.
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