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Of particular note is the rigorous derivation of workflow process models using Petri-net formalisation. Nick Russell , Wil M. Overall, my judgment about this book is positive. In fact, two paragraphs are dedicated to these analysis techniques, but in my opinion they are too synthetic and non-experts reader will not fully appreciate their potential. Enter the email address you signed up with and we'll email you a reset link. When illustrating different systems COSA, Staffware, ActionWorkflow , also with the aim of comparing them, I would like to see the same model represented, in such a way to appreciate differences and peculiarities. By defining, analyzing, and redesigning an organization's resources and operations, workflow management systems ensure that the right information reaches the right person or computer application at the right time.
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.
In fact, two paragraphs are dedicated to these analysis techniques, but in my opinion they are too synthetic and non-experts reader will not fully appreciate their potential.
This is also due to the fact that real-world examples are only given for Petri nets, not for the other techniques. It is true, however, that to solve some of the included exercises, knowledge of queuing theory is necessary. 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.
In Chapter 5, it is argued that since workflow management systems are a young and fast growing field, there is a large variability in the functionalities they offer.
In other worlds, there are no established standards for them, and it is difficult to judge the different products available on the market. The authors adopt the workflow reference model proposed by the WFMC and, accordingly, they illustrate technical problems and possible solutions for the process definition tools, administration and monitoring tools, workflow enactment ser- vices, and applications.
The first part of the chapter, dealing with description of the tools and their interfaces, is clear.
The second part, starting from the interoperability standards, and continuing with the description of some commercial products, is more difficult to be captured fully. This book offers a comprehensive introduction to workflow management, the management of business processes with information technology. By defining, analyzing, and redesigning an organization's resources and operations, workflow management systems ensure that the right information reaches the right person or computer application at the right time.
The book provides a basic overview of workflow terminology and organization, as well as detailed coverage of workflow modeling with Petri nets.
Because Petri nets make definitions easier to understand for nonexperts, they facilitate communication between designers and users. The book includes a chapter of case studies, review exercises, and a glossary. A special Web site developed by the authors, www. Business process management techniques are of increasing importance in research and in practice; I consider knowledge in this field indispensable for young professionals.
I use Workflow Management in my university courses because it combines sound modelling techniques with experience from applications in an impressive way. This book provides a very good, wide-ranging introduction to the theory of workflow technology. Of particular note is the rigorous derivation of workflow process models using Petri-net formalisation. This is the most comprehensive volume on workflow management to date. 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.