Proclets: a framework for lightweight interacting workflow processes

W.M.P. Aalst, van der, P. Barthelmess, C.A. Ellis, J. Wainer

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The focus of traditional workflow management systems is on control flow within one process definition. The process definition describes how a single case (i.e. workflow instance) in isolation is handled. For many applications this paradigm is inadequate. Interaction between cases to support communication and collaboration is at least as important. This paper introduces and advocates the use of interacting proclets, i.e. lightweight workflow processes. By promoting interactions to first-class citizens it is possible to model complex workflows in a more natural manner. In addition, the expressive power and flexibility are improved compared to the more traditional workflow modeling languages.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)443-481
JournalInternational Journal of Cooperative Information Systems
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2001


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