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Advanced Notificaton in Workflow Systems

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000123817D
Original Publication Date: 1999-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-05
Document File: 2 page(s) / 74K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Leymann, F: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

1. Introduction. Workflow systems support the definition and execution of business processes. Those business processes are made up of a set of activities. The sequence in which these activities are executed is specified via control connectors. Control connectors connect one activity, the source activity, with another activity, the target activity.

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Advanced Notificaton in Workflow Systems

   1.  Introduction

   Workflow systems support the definition and execution of
business processes.  Those business processes are made up of a set of
activities.  The sequence in which these activities are executed is
specified via control connectors.  Control connectors connect one
activity, the source activity, with another activity, the target
activity.

   It is important that the business processes as a whole as
well as the individual activities are carried out in a certain time
and that appropriate actions are taken if the specified times are
exceeded.  Thus the workflow system must (1) provide the capability
to specify those times and the actions that should be taken and (2)
enforce these specifications when carrying out business processes.

   MQSeries Workflow calls this function notification.  This
name has been chosen since notifying some person is the only action
that the system supports if a specified time is exceeded.

   Current specifications only allow the definition of a
time for a process or an activity.  This does not provide the
flexibility required for all types of business processes.  This
software patent application addresses this problem by defining a more
flexible approach.

   2.  State of the Art

   Figure 1 shows the notification that MQSeries Workflow
allows to specify for a process.  It defines that a notification is
sent to the process administrator if the process has not been
completed in 10 days.

   Figure 1 Simple Notification for A Process
           PROCESS LoanProcess
             NOTIFICATION AFTER 10 DAYS
           END LoanProcess

   Figure 2 on the next page shows the notification that
MQSeries Workflow allows to specify for an activity.  It defines
that a first notification is sent out to the person specified in the
input container field ActivityEscalationPerson if the activity is not
completed in the time specified in the input container field
ActivityDuration.  If this escalation is not completed in the time
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