Workflow Transparency

P. Bichler, G. Preuner, M. Schrefl
Bich97a (1997)
Antoni Olivé, Joan Antoni Pastor (eds.): Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Advanced Information Systems Engineering (CAiSE '97), Barcelona, Spain, June 1997, Springer Verlag, Lecture Notes in Computer Science, LNCS Vol. 1250, ISBN 3-540-63107-0, pp. 423-436, 1997.
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Workflow transparency refers to the ability of considering a business process independently of the workflow implementing it. Unlike current workflow systems, which do not differentiate between business processes and workflows, workflow transparency requires to model business processes and workflows separately.

Workflow systems supporting workflow transparency offer advantages comparable with database systems supporting data independence. Similarly as data independence allows to change the actual organization of data without effecting applications accessing the database at the conceptual level, workflow transparency allows for dynamic re-organisation of the actual flow of work without effecting the overall results of business processes.