Quotation Di Ciccio, Claudio. 2018. Tracking Business Processes on the Blockchain. Dagstuhl Seminar 18332 (“Blockchain Technology for Collaborative Information Systems”), Schloss Dagstuhl, 14.08.18


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Blockchain technology opens up new opportunities for Business Process Management. This is mainly due to its unprecedented capability to let transactions be automatically executed and recorded by Smart Contracts in multi-peer environments, in a decentralised fashion and without central authoritative players to govern the workflow. In this way, blockchains also provide traceability. Traceability of information plays a pivotal role particularly in those supply chains where multiple parties are involved and rigorous criteria must be fulfilled to lead to a successful outcome. In this talk, we investigate how to run a business process in the context of a supply chain on a blockchain infrastructure so as to provide full traceability of its run-time enactment. Our approach retrieves information to track process instances execution solely from the transactions written on-chain. To do so, hash-codes are reverse-engineered based on the Solidity Smart Contracts’ encoding of the generating process. We show the results of our investigation by means of an implemented software prototype, with a case study on the reportedly challenging context of the pharmaceutical supply chain.

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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Unpublished lecture
Language English
Title Tracking Business Processes on the Blockchain
Event Dagstuhl Seminar 18332 (“Blockchain Technology for Collaborative Information Systems”)
Location Schloss Dagstuhl
Event country Germany
Date Aug. 14, 2018
URL https://www.dagstuhl.de/en/program/calendar/semhp/?semnr=18332

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Di Ciccio, Claudio (Details)
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Applied Information Technology with Focus on IT in Organization (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
1105 Computer software (Details)
1108 Informatics (Details)
1109 Information and data processing (Details)
1112 Logistics (Details)
5306 Business data processing (Details)
5367 Management information systems (Details)
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