Designing a workflow system using coloured Petri nets

N.C. Russell, W.M.P. Aalst, van der, A.H.M. Hofstede, ter

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Abstract

Traditional workflow systems focus on providing support for the control-flow perspective of a business process, with other aspects such as data management and work distribution receiving markedly less attention. A guide to desirable workflow characteristics is provided by the well-known workflow patterns which are derived from a comprehensive survey of contemporary tools and modelling formalisms. In this paper we describe the approach taken to designing the newYAWL workflow system, an offering that aims to provide comprehensive support for the control-flow, data and resource perspectives based on the workflow patterns. The semantics of the newYAWL workflow language are based on Coloured Petri Nets thus facilitating the direct enactment and analysis of processes described in terms of newYAWL language constructs. As part of this discussion, we explain how the operational semantics for each of the language elements are embodied in the newYAWL system and indicate the facilities required to support them in an operational environment. We also review the experiences associated with developing a complete operational design for an offering of this scale using formal techniques.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTransactions on Petri Nets and Other Models of Concurrency III
EditorsK. Jensen, J. Billington, M. Koutny
Place of PublicationBerlin
PublisherSpringer
Pages1-24
ISBN (Print)978-3-642-04854-8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009

Publication series

NameLecture notes in computer science
Volume5800

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