Workflow Handbook 1997 / Edition 1

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"Workflow interoperability and standards are vital as automation technology becomes more complex, and the Coalition#146;s work in this industry is central to keeping up with the rapid progress. I sincerely recommend this book."Layna Fischer, WARIA chair "Workflow will be a fundamental building block for improving business processes directly tied to organizational goals through 2000". Regina Casonato, Gartner Group Contents Section 1 - The World of Workflow

• Introducing Workflow

• The Business Impact of Workflow

• Applications of Workflow

• Implementing Workflow

• The Future of Workflow
Section 2 - Workflow Standards

• The Workflow Reference Model

• WAPI Specification

• WAPI Naming Conventions

• The WfMC Glossary
Section 3 - The Directory

• WfMC Structure and Membership Details

• WfMC Member Directory

• Further Reading and Sources of Information

• Index of Products

• Index of Organizations

• Subject Index
WfMC The Workflow Handbook has been created for you by the Workflow Management Coalition (WfMC). Founded in 1993, WfMC is an organization of more than 170 members located in 24 countries around the world. Its focus is on the advancement of the workflow management technology and its use in industry. The Workflow Management Coalition membership consists of a highly diverse group of workflow product vendors, analysts, universities, government organizations, and corporations all touched by workflow technology. It should not be surprising that different approaches are chosen for managing workflow. All this combines to make workflow management a rich technology. The members of the Workflow Management Coalition hope you enjoy the Workflow Handbook and find it useful as you explore workflow technology and its many diverse benefits.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471969471
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 2/28/1997
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 532
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 1.38 (d)

Table of Contents


Introducing Workflow.

The Business Impact of Workflow.

Applications of Workflow.

Implementing Workflow.

The Future of Workflow.


The Workflow Reference Model.

WAPI Specification the Workflow Client Application Programming Interface.

WAPI Naming Conventions.

The WfMC Glossary.


WfMC Structure and Membership Details.

Workflow Management Coalition Member Directory.


Further Reading and Sources of Information.


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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2001

    This was an excellent reference book in its time.,

    This title has been out of print for over three years, however, and its content is no longer relevant. Technology moves at the speed of change. The Workflow Handbook 2001 now published by Future Strategies Inc., is completely up to date and explores the technology and business of workflow management across a wide spectrum. Divided into three main sections; 'The World of Workflow,' Workflow Standards' and 'Directory and Appendices,' Workflow Handbook 2001 includes the full new Wf-XML Binding Specification and the updated WfMC workflow glossary. White papers cover topics such as the role of workflow in portal environments, managing time in workflow systems, and fundamental trends in application integration, development tools, and workflow engine cooperation. The Appendix includes a listing of Workflow Management Coalition member organizations. The Workflow Management Coalition (WfMC), a non-profit international organization of workflow vendors, academics, users and consultants. There is now a CDROM Companion to the Workflow Handbook 2001 which includes: · Video introduction to the WfMC by Jon Pyke, WfMC Chair · An electronic copy of the entire Workflow Handbook 2001 in PDF format · Introduction to Workflow 45-minute video tutorial in MPEG · Selected slide presentations from WfMC technical committee meetings · Comprehensive high-level workflow product comparative analysis · Workflow product demonstrations, specifications and literature from selected vendors For an organization to achieve effective electronic communication, its workflow systems need to successfully interoperate both internally at the department level and externally with the organizations with which they do business. This can apply to external parties such as vendors, other businesses, and customers. To achieve wide scale interoperability between organizations, cooperation between workflow vendors is critical. The Workflow Management Coalition ( has worked strenuously for the adoption of standards throughout the industry. Standards allow organizations that have more than one workflow system to connect them easily. They provide a fertile environment for workflow component development to grow and flourish, giving a rich array of options for user organizations. Most importantly, standards provide an infrastructure for inter-organizational process automation and the basis for electronic commerce.

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