Method for Improving Condition Processing in A Workflow Management System
Original Publication Date: 2000-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-19
1 Introduction Workflow management, as for example implemented by MQSeries Workflow , involves the three dimensions as shown in figure 2. The first dimension, the process logic dimension describes the actions to be performed, by whom they have to be performed, with which program they have to be performed, and in which sequence they have to be performed. The second dimension describes the organizational structure, the people, the roles the people are playing, and the server the people are assigned to. The third dimension describes the IT infrastructure, such as the workflow servers, and the workstations/programs used by the users. The actual execution of a workflow is then a series of points in the three-dimensional workflow space. Each point represents the execution of an activity by one person at one computer using a particular program. The major constructs in drawing processes are activities and control connectors. The activities describe the tasks to be performed, and the control connectors describe the potential sequence in which the activities are to be carried out. Figure 2 shows schematically the structure of such a process graph.