Web Service Based Architecture for Workflow Management Systems

  • Xiaohui Zhao
  • Chengfei Liu
  • Yun Yang
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 3180)


With limitations in nature, current workflow management systems are insufficient to meet the arising requirements from the evolving e-Business applications such as global running, process m igration, interorganisational cooperation etc. For this reason, this paper proposes a new architecture for workflow management systems, with an emphasis on supporting interorganisational interoperability, flexibility, reliability and scalability, based o n the Web service technology. With provision of a novel agreement management service and an enhanced definition template library, this architecture offers full support to business process collaborations among participating organisations, including both the horizontal and vertical partitioning schemes.


Business Process Process Instance Vertical Partitioning Horizontal Partitioning Vertical Partitioning Scheme 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Xiaohui Zhao
    • 1
  • Chengfei Liu
    • 1
  • Yun Yang
    • 1
  1. 1.CICEC – Centre for Internet Computing and E-Commerce, School of Information TechnologySwinburne University of TechnologyHawthorn, MelbourneAustralia

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