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Workflow data patterns: Identification, representation and tool support

Russell, Nick, ter Hofstede, Arthur H.M., Edmond, David, & van der Aalst, Wil M.P. (2005) Workflow data patterns: Identification, representation and tool support. In Delcambre, Lois M. L., Kop, Christian, Mayr, Heinrich C., Mylopoulos, John, & Pastor, Oscar (Eds.) 24th International Conference on Conceptual Modeling, October 24-28, 2005, Klagenfurt, Austria.

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Abstract

Workflow systems seek to provide an implementation vehicle for complex, recurring business processes. Notwithstanding this common objective, there are a variety of distinct features offered by commercial workflow management systems. These differences result in significant variations in the ability of distinct tools to represent and implement the plethora of requirements that may arise in contemporary business processes. Many of these requirements recur quite frequently during the requirements analysis activity for workflow systems and abstractions of these requirements serve as a useful means of identifying the key components of workflow languages. Previous work has identified a number of Workflow Control Patterns which characterise the range of control flow constructs that might be encountered when modelling and analysing workflow. In this paper, we describe a series of Workflow Data Patterns that aim to capture the various ways in which data is represented and utilised in workflows. By delineating these Patterns in a form that is independent of specific workflow technologies and modelling languages, we are able to provide a comprehensive treatment of the workflow data perspective and we subsequently use these Patterns as the basis for a detailed comparison of a number of commercially available workflow management systems and business process modelling languages.

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ID Code: 8576
Item Type: Conference Paper
Additional Information: For more information, please refer to the publisher's website (see hypertext link) or contact the author. Author contact details: d.edmond@qut.edu.au
DOI: 10.1007/11568322_23
ISBN: 3540293892
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > INFORMATION SYSTEMS (080600) > Information Systems Organisation (080610)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2005 Springer
Deposited On: 12 Jul 2007
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:11

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