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Workflow Patterns

Van Der Aalst, Wil M., ter Hofstede, Arthur H.M., Kiepuszewski, Bartosz, & Barros, Alistair P. (2003) Workflow Patterns. Distributed and Parallel Databases, 14(1), pp. 5-51.

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Abstract

Differences in features supported by the various contemporary commercial workflow management systems point to different insights of suitability and different levels of expressive power. The challenge, which we undertake in this paper, is to systematically address workflow requirements, from basic to complex. Many of the more complex requirements identified, recur quite frequently in the analysis phases of workflow projects, however their implementation is uncertain in current products. Requirements for workflow languages are indicated through workflow patterns. In this context, patterns address business requirements in an imperative workflow style expression, but are removed from specific workflow languages. The paper describes a number of workflow patterns addressing what we believe identify comprehensive workflow functionality. These patterns provide the basis for an in-depth comparison of a number of commercially availablework flow management systems. As such, this paper can be seen as the academic response to evaluations made by prestigious consulting companies. Typically, these evaluations hardly consider the workflow modeling language and routing capabilities, and focus more on the purely technical and commercial aspects.

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ID Code: 9950
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: workflow, pattern, control flow, suitability, expressive power
DOI: 10.1023/A:1022883727209
ISSN: 1573-7578
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2003 Springer
Copyright Statement: The original publication is available at SpringerLink http://www.springerlink.com
Deposited On: 04 Oct 2007
Last Modified: 22 Feb 2013 16:27

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