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The authors focus on comparing the process representation capability of UML versus Petri nets. Help Center Find new research papers in: The book is organized as follows: Another weak point of this chapter is that some figures, with snapshots from the described products, show a poor graphical quality, and several words are not readable at all. The chapter stresses the power of simulation techniques for analyzing different workflow models, and reports very interesting observa- tions about the different performance of a business process when its tasks are combined in different ways, put in parallel, or managed by the triage principle. Workflow Management defines the field on an academic level, and should be used in every workflow course. Quaglini doi:
In a society in which communication is becoming more and more important, and in which many more or less sophisticated technological solutions are available, an enormous research area dealing with the knowledge content of messages and the way messages are received and managed has opened up. Agents, in turn, may be human or not.
In order to cooperate efficiently, sharing models is mandatory. I refer not only to data models e. This is the challenge of modern information systems: The coordination of activities is a fundamental need for any organization, and supporting it through information and communication technology is as important as having good databases.
In addition, designing user interfaces without taking into account how users are involved in the different processes may cause problems in data entry, such as delays or errors.
Readers of the AIM journal will realize that the observations made above are even more important for health care organizations, since here there is an increasing pressure to ensure efficiency and cost-effectiveness, with a need to balance cost containment and quality of care.
Workflow Management Systems WFMS have been proposed, mainly in the last decade, in response to the above-described problems. They have been defined as systems for the automation of business processes.
They are intended to assist the users, both assigning them the activities to be performed according to the process and organization models, and providing them with the appropriate interfaces for data entry, when required by the activities.
This is done by contacting the right people at the right time and with the right instrument i. Specific technological knowledge is not necessary to understand most of the text, however, some background in information technology is required. The book is organized as follows: Finally, a glossary summarizes the meaning of typical workflow-related terms.
The bibliography is subdivided according to the different topics, and bibliographic items are not explicitly referred along the book. There is an analytic index that I found a little bit incomplete. Let us now go through the chapters. Chapter 1 deals with basic definitions and offers a historical perspective: Particular attention is given to the definition of a business process, and here a training example, the management of an insurance claim, is introduced.
It is reused for different purposes throughout the book. The historical background highlights changes in the information systems architecture from mids on. This background is crucial for realizing the innovation provided by WFMS, and it is a pity that only two pages are dedicated to it. The failure of a big number of information systems, as we observed particularly in the healthcare field, could have been a source for a wider discussion about the need of re-thinking to information systems design and implementation and about the role of the final users in this process user needs analysis, participatory design, user- centered systems are now essential key-words in the field.
Chapters 2—4 constitute the theoretical core of the book: Modeling is approached through the Petri net formalism. Chapter 2 contains an excellent presentation of the formalism, with very clear notations, illustrations, and an adequate number of examples. The style is rigorous, but not too technical, so that the reader can proceed easily through the text even if he is not familiar with mathematical notations.
However, for the more knowledgeable reader, more theore- tical issues on Petri nets are discussed in the first appendix, which also has its own reference list.
Chapter 3 is mainly devoted to resource allocation, both human and technological, and to the methods for identifying bottlenecks in the workflow. These concepts are illustrated as the basis for the business process re-engineering BPR. One merit of this chapter is that it outlines the importance of defining quantitative performance indicators e.
I found the last paragraph of this chapter particularly useful, because it is a steps guideline for designing good workflows. Chapter 4 deals with workflow analysis, distinguishing between qualitative and quanti- tative aspects. At last we have a book that deals with the basic principles. Workflow Management defines the field on an academic level, and should be used in every workflow course.
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Preview Preview. Not for sale on the Indian subcontinent. Request Permissions Exam copy. Overview Author s Praise. Summary This book offers a comprehensive introduction to workflow management, the management of business processes with information technology.
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