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Automated Iterative Distribution Process for Electronic Folder Objects

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000114225D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-28
Document File: 4 page(s) / 73K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Abraham, RL: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

The capability for iterative processing for electronic file folder processing is disclosed. Rather than terminating after a single distribution/approval cycle, electronic folders can be recirculated and reprocessed at regular or other intervals.

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Automated Iterative Distribution Process for Electronic Folder Objects

      The capability for iterative processing for electronic file
folder processing is disclosed.  Rather than terminating after a
single distribution/approval cycle, electronic folders can be
recirculated and reprocessed at regular or other intervals.

      Existing electronic folder systems automate a single review
cycle, greatly reducing both cycle time and human error.  However, a
single folder review is not necessarily sufficient to automate many
business processes.  In many cases, a series of folder reviews that
must take place, at predetermined times, to complete a business
process.  Other activities taking place between these reviews may
require a COMPLETED folder as entrance criteria to the next activity.

The Figure illustrates an automated single review process using an
electronic folder.

      A new iterative folder is disclosed which can meet a variety of
business processes for which a single cycle folder is inadequate.  An
iterative folder replaces manual steps needed when only single cycle
electronic folder is available.  As an example, an electronic folder
system is used to specify maintenance work orders.  The maintenance
crew receives a work order every three days to empty all
wastebaskets.  The supervisor uses the electronic folder system to
specify work orders.  Although specifying, sending, and responding to
the work order is automated, generating the repetitive series of work
orders is not automated.  The following s...