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State/execution dependent transition conditions in workflow management systems

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000020711D
Original Publication Date: 2003-Dec-10
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Dec-10

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Workflow Management Systems support the definition and execution of business processes. Business processes are typically described as directed, acyclic, colored and weighted graphs. An integral part of those graphs are transition conditions which are attached to the control links describing the condition under which a control link is being followed. Transition conditions are Boolean expression using the data associated with the process as part of the individual expressions making up the Boolean expression. It is proposed to include the state or execution history of individual activities or sets of activities as part of transition conditions; this provides for increased flexibility in transition conditions.