Architecting Business Process Maps

Geert Poels1, Félix García2, Francisco Ruiz2 and Mario Piattini2

  1. Faculty of Economics and Business Administration
    Ghent University, Belgium
  2. Institute of Information Technology and Systems
    University of Castilla-La Mancha, Spain
    {felix.garcia, francisco.ruizg, mario.piattini}


Process maps provide a high-level overview of an organization’s business processes. While used for many years in different shapes and forms, there is little shared understanding of the concept and its relationship to business process architecture. In this paper, we position the concept of process map within the domain of architecture description. By ‘architecting’ the concept of business process map, we identify and clarify diverging views of this concept as found in the literature and set requirements for describing process maps. A meta-model for a process mapping language is produced as a result. The proposed meta-model allows investigating the suitability of EA modelling languages as a basis for defining a domain-specific language for process mapping along with the creation of a better understanding of business process architecture in relation to enterprise architecture, which can be beneficial for both BPM and EA professionals.

Key words

Process map, Business process architecture, Enterprise architecture, Architecture description, Domain-specific modelling

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Volume 17, Issue 1 (January 2020)
Year of Publication: 2020
ISSN: 1820-0214 (Print) 2406-1018 (Online)
Publisher: ComSIS Consortium

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Poels, G., García, F., Ruiz, F., Piattini, M.: Architecting Business Process Maps. Computer Science and Information Systems, Vol. 17, No. 1, 117-140. (2020),