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Managing Accounting Information in Workflow Management Systems

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000014681D
Original Publication Date: 2000-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-20

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1 Introduction Accounting rules mandate that the operation costs are allocated as precisely as possible to the different tasks that are being carried out. For example, all the costs associated with managing car loans should not be combined with the costs associated with managing house loans, but kept and managed as two different figures. Operation generates not only people cost, but also hard- and software costs. Whereas it may be simple to collect the people costs, it is a difficult, maybe even an impossible, task to collect all the costs associated with the hard- and software since these resources are typically shared between many users. This paper outlines a method how that can be achieved by building applications as workflow-based applications and having the workflow management system collecting the accounting information when the business process that underlines the applications is carried out.