Encyclopedia of Database Systems

2018 Edition
| Editors: Ling Liu, M. Tamer Özsu

Workflow Transactions

  • Vladimir ZadorozhnyEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-8265-9_733


Transactional business processes; Transactional processes; Transactional workflows


Workflow Transaction is a unit of execution within a Workflow Management System (WFMS) that combines process-centric approach to modeling, executing and monitoring of a complex process in an enterprise with data-centric Transaction Management ensuring the correctness and reliability of the workflow applications in the presence of concurrency and failures. Workflow Transactions accommodate application-specific Extended Transaction Models (ETMs) that relax basic ACID properties of a classical database transaction models.

Key Points

Consider a Workflow Management System (WFMS) that models complex processes in an enterprise (e.g., processing insurance claim) using a workflow structured as a set of business tasks that should be performed in a special order. Some of the business tasks can be performed by humans while some of them are implemented as processes that typically create, process...

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Recommended Reading

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    Georgakopoulos D, Hornick M, Sheth A. An overview of workflow management: from process modeling to workflow automation infrastructure. Distrib Parallel Databases. 1995;3(2):119–53.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
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    Grefen P, Vonk J. A taxonomy of transactional workflow support. Int J Coop Inf Syst. 2006;15(1):87–118.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of PittsburghPittsburghUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Panos K. Chrysanthis
    • 1
  1. 1.Dept. of Computer ScienceUniv. of PittsburghPittsburghUSA