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Advanced Posting of Events in Workflow Management Systems Disclosure Number: IPCOM000014507D
Original Publication Date: 2000-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-19

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1 Introduction Workflow management systems [1] manage the execution of business processes. Events as described in [2] provide the capability to wait for some external action to take place. A typical example of an event is to wait for a customer letter that has been requested. 2 State of the Art Events are typically implemented as described in [1] and [2]. Two tables, the posted event table and the awaited event table hold the appropriate information for the events. The awaited events table holds a entry for all events for which the waited for action has not yet occurred; the posted event table contains all entries for which the external action has already occurred, however the event has not yet been reached in the processing of the process instance.