IT Support for Release Management Processes in the Automotive Industry

Dominic Müller, Joachim Herbst, Markus Hammori, Manfred Reichert

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    Car development is based on long running, concurrently executed and highly dependent processes. The coordination and synchronization of these processes has become a complex and error-prone task due to the increasing number of functions and embedded systems in modern cars. These systems realize advanced features by embedded software and enable the distribution of functionality as required, for example, by safety equipment. Different life cycle times of mechanical, software and hardware components as well as different duration of their development processes require efficient coordination. Furthermore, productdriven process structures, dynamic adaptation of these structures, and handling real-world exceptions result in challenging demands for any IT system. In this paper we elaborate fundamental requirements for the IT support of car development processes, taking release management as characteristic example. We show to which extent current product data and process management technology meets these requirements, and discuss which essential limitations still exist. This results in a number of fundamental challenges requiring new paradigms for the product-driven design, enactment and adaptation of processes.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationBusiness Process Management
    Subtitle of host publication4th International Conference, BPM 2006, Vienna, Austria, September 5-7, 2006. Proceedings
    EditorsSchahram Dustdar, José Luiz Fiadeiro, Amit P. Sheth
    Place of PublicationBerlin, Heidelberg
    Number of pages10
    ISBN (Electronic)978-3-540-38903-3
    ISBN (Print)978-3-540-38901-9
    Publication statusPublished - 5 Sep 2006
    Event4th International Conference on Business Process Management, BPM 2006 - Vienna, Austria
    Duration: 5 Sep 20067 Sep 2006
    Conference number: 4

    Publication series

    NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
    ISSN (Print)0302-9743
    ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


    Conference4th International Conference on Business Process Management, BPM 2006
    Abbreviated titleBPM


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