Business process and business process management concepts have matured over the years and new technology, concepts, standards, and solutions appear. In this chapter we will therefore focus on the current and future process trends. We will elaborate on the importance of trends, the maturity of the subject, giving a perspective on what the emerging trends, industry trends, and mega trends are, what is hyped at the moment, and what has reached a market adoption where it has started to become de facto standard in terms of a mega trend that has achieved a dominant position by public acceptance.

“A trend is defined as a general direction in which something is developing or changing. Trends involve looking at the statistical analysis of historical data over a selected time frame and charting the progression.”

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