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Object-oriented design of a flexible workflow management system

  • Mathias Weske
Regular Papers Collaborative Systems
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 1475)

Abstract

Workflow management systems aim at controlling the execution of complex application processes in distributed environments. Workflow management currently moves from modeling and executing mostly static structured workflows to supporting flexible workflows, which are typically executed in distributed and heterogeneous environments. This paper discusses the use of distributed object technology to built a flexible workflow management system. In particular, based on a detailed object-oriented object model, we discuss the dynamic behavior of workflow instances, and we show how flexibility requirements have influenced our design.

Keywords

workflow management system design object modeling flexible workflow management distributed workflow executions 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mathias Weske
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  1. 1.Lehrstuhl für InformatikUniversität MünsterMünsterGermany

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