The paper presents a solution to model and refine processes of long-living business objects. The proposed BPMN model describes the life-cycle of one business object, covering the passed states, the events that invoke state changes and the acitivities that are triggered to perform operations on the object which as a result lead to new states.
Starting from that state-centric operational design model a configurable business process architecture is derived that is controlled by a state automaton and runs on a BPMS that supports BMPN 2.0. Architectural rules are provided to ensure the behavioral correctness of this architecture. The solution emerged from an industrial use case at the transition between two generations of a family of Process Aware Information Systems (PAIS). As a proof of concept the architecture of a platform for the management of delivery times for a wholesaler is described.