Workflow resource patterns: identification, representation and tool support

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

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Abstract

In the main, the attention of workflow researchers and workflow developers has focussed on the process perspective, i.e., control-flow. As a result, issues associated with the resource perspective, i.e., the people and machines actually doing the work, have been largely neglected. Although the process perspective is of most significance, appropriate consideration of the resource perspective is essential for successful implementation of workflow technology. Previous work has identified recurring, generic constructs in the control-flow and data perspectives, and presented them in the form of control-flow and data patterns. The next logical step is to describe workflow resource patterns that capture the various ways in which resources are represented and utilised in workflows. These patterns include a number of distinct groupings such as push patterns ("the system pushes work to a worker") and pull patterns ("the worker pulls work from the system") to describe the many ways in which work can be distributed. 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 resource perspective and we subsequently use these patterns as the basis for a detailed comparison of a number of commercially available workflow management systems.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvanced information systems engineering : 17th international conference, CAiSE 2005, Porto, Portugal, June 13-17, 2005 : proceedings
EditorsO. Pastor, J. Falco e Cunha
Place of PublicationBerlin
PublisherSpringer
Pages216-232
Number of pages17
ISBN (Print)3-540-26095-1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2005
Event17th International Conference on Advanced Information Systems Engineering (CAiSE 2005) - Porto, Portugal
Duration: 13 Jun 200517 Jun 2005
Conference number: 17

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
Volume3520
ISSN (Print)0302-9743

Conference

Conference17th International Conference on Advanced Information Systems Engineering (CAiSE 2005)
Abbreviated titleCAiSE '05
CountryPortugal
CityPorto
Period13/06/0517/06/05

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