Title: Self-managed workflow process execution

Authors: Eric Y. Shan, Fabio Casati, Umesh Dayal

Addresses: Stanford University, Stanford, CA, USA. ' Hewlett-Packard Laboratories, Palo Alto, CA, USA. ' Hewlett-Packard Laboratories, Palo Alto, CA, USA

Abstract: Current workflow management systems require fundamental enhancements to their process models and architectures to support dynamic business processes in fast-changing environments. In particular, late-binding mechanisms need to be introduced into the routing and decision steps in workflow process definitions to optimise high-level objectives based on business metrics. In this paper, we introduce a new type of node – choice node – to be used in place of route nodes when needed and the required framework for performing dynamic path selection, resource allocation and work queue prioritisation.

Keywords: workflow management; dynamic path selection; choice nodes; route nodes; resource allocation; resource profile; work queue prioritisation; process intelligence; business metrics; dynamic business operation; business process management; resource allocation; self-managed workflow.

DOI: 10.1504/IJBPIM.2006.010021

International Journal of Business Process Integration and Management, 2006 Vol.1 No.2, pp.55 - 64

Published online: 08 Jun 2006 *

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