A framework for resource-based workflow management

Akhil Kumar, Jianrui Wang

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This chapter presents a general framework of resource-driven workflows as an alternative to the more popular control flow driven workflows approach. We argue that this approach is more holistic than control flow driven approaches because it considers availability of resources such as data, people, equipment, space, etc. Control flow driven approaches usually either disregard resource considerations or account for them only implicitly. In our approach the control flow is a derivative of the resource needs of various tasks. Moreover we make a clean separation between hard constraints that arise from resource considerations and soft constraints that result from business policy. The new methodology for process design is described at length, along with an architecture and a detailed discussion of implementation issues. This approach is more holistic and is particularly suited for ad hoc workflows as opposed to production workflows.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHandbook on Business Process Management 1
Subtitle of host publicationIntroduction, Methods, and Information Systems
PublisherSpringer Berlin Heidelberg
Number of pages23
ISBN (Electronic)9783642451003
ISBN (Print)9783642450990
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Computer Science
  • General Economics, Econometrics and Finance
  • General Business, Management and Accounting


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