Proceedings of the 41st Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS 2008) (2008)
Waikoloa, Big Island, Hawaii
Jan. 7, 2008 to Jan. 10, 2008
One important step in workflow automation is to design a valid and efficient workflow model that accurately specifies the execution sequence of activities in a business process. The dataflow constraints, which define the data input and output of each activity in a business process, can be used to analyze the dependencies among different activities and determine a proper workflow model for a particular business process. The basic idea of applying dataflow analysis to workflow design has been suggested in the literature. In this paper, we present a framework for applying dataflow analysis to workflow design. Our contribution is threefold. First, we introduce several new instruments, such as activity dependency tree and condition-action table, for specifying the necessary workflow requirements. Furthermore, we develop various key algorithms for requirements analysis and workflow model generation. Third, a system architecture is provided as a roadmap for developing a dataflow-based workflow design tool.
S. X. Sun and J. L. Zhao, "Developing a Workflow Design Framework Based on Dataflow Analysis," Proceedings of the 41st Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS 2008)(HICSS), Waikoloa, Big Island, Hawaii, 2008, pp. 19.