Dynamically Structured Messaging Mechanism
Original Publication Date: 2001-Apr-13
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-12
Organizations that form dynamically to resolve some problem often benefit from adopting some kind of structure. In general these organizations do not conform to existing hierarchies such as the chain of command within an enterprise; for example activities such as filing a travel expense report involve personnel in a slice across the organizational chart. Whilst electronic tools such as email help in this respect they do not allow dynamic and explicit organizations to be established in a pragmatic way. Other, more complex tools such as workflow management systems require the process to be modeled beforehand making them less adaptable and unsuitable for ad hoc process support. A dynamically structured messaging mechanism is proposed that allows problem-solving organizations to be easily established and then helps to coordinate the collaborative effort needed to reach the organization's goal. 1. INTRODUCTION Herein the technical architecture used to implement dynamically structured messaging is described. The mechanism is designed as a general-purpose device to support and enhance a problem solving activity where more than one participant: human, computer or otherwise, contribute to reaching some common goal. This mechanism can be used in order to solve business problems in a workflow support environment. The UML notation is used throughout this paper for object, state and class diagrams.