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AN APPROACH TO E-WORKFLOW SYSTEMS WITH THE USE OF PATTERNS

John Ndeta (), Stamatia A. Katriou () and Kerstin V. Siakas ()
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John Ndeta: London Metropolitan University, Department of Computing, Communication Technology & Mathematics, 166-220 Holloway Road, N7 8DB London, UK
Stamatia A. Katriou: Alexander Technological Institute of Thessaloniki, Department of Informatics, P.O. Box 141, GR-57400 Sindos, Greece
Kerstin V. Siakas: Alexander Technological Institute of Thessaloniki, Department of Informatics, P.O. Box 141, GR-57400 Sindos, Greece

International Journal of Entrepreneurial Knowledge, 2015, vol. 3, issue 1, pages 4-20

Abstract: In today’s highly competitive and rapidly changing environment, e-businesses constantly have to modify their business processes, i.e. the flow of documents and tasks in a business also known as workflow. More flexible Workflow Management Systems are required to support these constantly changing processes. In this research a platform independent architecture for the design of e-workflow systems is illustrated. The architecture includes an information pool, namely a Workflow Pattern Repository, which contains patterns, which are repeatable solutions to reoccurring problems, in order to make the system more apt to change and assist the workflow designer/user in defining workflows faster and more accurately. The patterns in the repository are in the form of UML activity diagram templates. A straightforward input format for storing patterns in the repository is provided along with an example of its practical application.

Keywords: Workflow; e-workflow; e-business; Workflow Design Patterns; Pattern Repository; Workflow Architecture; Exceptions. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2015
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