Workflow and Process Automation: Concepts and Technology

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Springer Science & Business Media, Dec 31, 1997 - Computers - 121 pages
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Based on the results of the study carried out in 1996 to investigate the state of the art of workflow and process technology, MCC initiated the Collaboration Management Infrastructure (CMI) research project to develop innovative agent-based process technology that can support the process requirements of dynamically changing organizations and the requirements of nomadic computing. With a research focus on the flow of interaction among people and software agents representing people, the project deliverables will include a scalable, heterogeneous, ubiquitous and nomadic infrastructure for business processes. The resulting technology is being tested in applications that stress an intensive mobile collaboration among people as part of large, evolving business processes.
Workflow and Process Automation: Concepts and Technology provides an overview of the problems and issues related to process and workflow technology, and in particular to definition and analysis of processes and workflows, and execution of their instances. The need for a transactional workflow model is discussed and a spectrum of related transaction models is covered in detail. A plethora of influential projects in workflow and process automation is summarized. The projects are drawn from both academia and industry. The monograph also provides a short overview of the most popular workflow management products, and the state of the workflow industry in general.
Workflow and Process Automation: Concepts and Technology offers a road map through the shortcomings of existing solutions of process improvement by people with daily first-hand experience, and is suitable as a secondary text for graduate-level courses on workflow and process automation, and as a reference for practitioners in industry.
 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
PROCESS TECHNOLOGY
5
212 Artifactbased Modeling
8
22 PROCESS DESCRIPTIVE VIEWS
9
23 PROCESS METAMODELS
13
WORKFLOW TECHNOLOGY
19
32 WORKFLOW EXECUTION SYSTEM GUARANTEES
20
322 Transactional properties
21
461 Specification of a Task in a Workflow
55
462 Task Coordination Requirements
58
463 FailureAtomicity Requirements of a Workflow
59
464 Execution Atomicity Requirements of a Workflow
60
ONGOING RESEARCH IN WORKFLOW AND PROCESS AUTOMATION
63
52 PROCESS HANDBOOK PROJECT
64
53 PROCESS INTERCHANGE FORMAT
67
55 APRICOTS
71

323 Deadlines
22
324 Discussion
23
332 User Interfaces
24
333 Specification interoperability
25
34 SOFTWARE ARCHITECTURE OF THE WORKFLOW ENACTMENT SERVICE
26
342 Reliability
27
343 Execution interoperability
28
35 SECURITY CONSIDERATIONS
29
36 IMPLEMENTATION ISSUES
30
362 Task managers and application wrappers
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363 Monitoring tools
33
364 Mobility of workflow servers and clients
34
TRANSACTIONAL ASPECTS OF WORKFLOWS
37
42 TRADITIONAL TRANSACTIONS
38
43 CORRECT EXECUTION OF TRADITIONAL TRANSACTIONS
40
44 EXTENDED TRANSACTION MODELS
41
442 Nested Transactions
43
443 Open Nested Transactions
44
444 Multidatabase Transactions
45
445 Polytransactions
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446 Stransaction Model
48
447 The Carnot Project
49
45 METAMODELS FOR EXTENDED TRANSACTIONS
50
TSME
52
46 TOWARDS TRANSACTIONAL WORKFLOWS
54
56 EXOTICA PROJECT
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57 MENTOR
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58 MOBILE
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59 PANTA RHEI PROJECT
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510 INTERACTION COORDINATION NETS
78
511 VORTEL TELESERVICE FOR WORKFLOW MANAGEMENT
79
512 WIDE CONSORTIUM
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513 THE TRIGSFLOW MODEL
81
514 CO ACT MODEL
82
515 MICROSOFT MAPIWF
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517 OPERA
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518 MIGRATING WORKFLOWS
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STATE OF THE INDUSTRY
91
611 Characterization of Workflow Products
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612 Features of Workflow Products
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613 Comparison of Workflow Products
99
62 WORKFLOW MANAGEMENT COALITION
100
63 SHORTCOMINGS AND LIMITATIONS OF CURRENT PRODUCTS
102
64 SHORTCOMINGS IN TECHNOLOGY SUPPORT FOR PROCESSES
105
642 Modeling and Analysis
106
643 Enactment
107
REFERENCES
109
INDEX
119
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