A Framework for Dynamic Changes in Workflow Management Systems

Reichert, Manfred and Dadam, Peter (1997) A Framework for Dynamic Changes in Workflow Management Systems. In: Proc. 8th Int'l Workshop on Database and Expert Systems Applications, September 1997, Toulouse, France.

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Current workflow management systems are only applicable in a reliable and secure manner, if the business process to be supported is wellstructured. As ad hoc deviations from preplanned business processes are rather the norm and form a key part of process flexibility, this limits the applicability of today's workflow (WF) technology significantly. In this paper we present a framework for the support of ad hoc structural changes of WFs. Basic to our approach is a conceptual, graph-based WF model which has a formal foundation in its syntax and operational semantics. Based upon this model we have developed a complete and minimal set of change operations which support users in modifying the structure of WFs at runtime, while preserving their correctness and consistency.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects:DBIS Research > Publications
ID Code:306
Deposited By: Eva Mader
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