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Database and Expert Systems Applications

Volume 3180 of the series Lecture Notes in Computer Science pp 34-43

Web Service Based Architecture for Workflow Management Systems

  • Xiaohui ZhaoAffiliated withCICEC – Centre for Internet Computing and E-Commerce, School of Information Technology, Swinburne University of Technology
  • , Chengfei LiuAffiliated withCICEC – Centre for Internet Computing and E-Commerce, School of Information Technology, Swinburne University of Technology
  • , Yun YangAffiliated withCICEC – Centre for Internet Computing and E-Commerce, School of Information Technology, Swinburne University of Technology

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Abstract

With limitations in nature, current workflow management systems are insufficient to meet the arising requirements from the evolving e-Business applications such as global running, process m igration, interorganisational cooperation etc. For this reason, this paper proposes a new architecture for workflow management systems, with an emphasis on supporting interorganisational interoperability, flexibility, reliability and scalability, based o n the Web service technology. With provision of a novel agreement management service and an enhanced definition template library, this architecture offers full support to business process collaborations among participating organisations, including both the horizontal and vertical partitioning schemes.