Group Title: Workflow management and simulation system and its supporting object-oriented knowledge base management system
Title: A Workflow management and simulation system and its supporting object-oriented knowledge base management system
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Title: A Workflow management and simulation system and its supporting object-oriented knowledge base management system
Physical Description: ix, 72 leaves : ill. ; 29 cm.
Creator: Jagannath, Mahesh K. ( Dissertant )
Su, S. ( Thesis advisor )
Lam, Herman ( Reviewer )
Chakravarthy, Sharma ( Reviewer )
Publisher: University of Florida
Place of Publication: Gainesville, Fla.
Publication Date: 1997
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Subjects / Keywords: Computer and Information Science and Engineering thesis, M.S
Management information systems
Object oriented databases
Dissertations, Academic -- UF -- Computer and Information Science and Engineering
Information storage and retrieval systems -- Management
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Abstract: It is becoming increasingly important in today’s business enterprises to ensure optimum utilization of information resources and effective coordination of various business processes. Therefore, there is a need for the integration of workow technology and knowledge management technology. In this thesis we present the design and implementation of a workow management and simulation system based on an extensible object-oriented knowledge base management system. OSAM*.KBMS. In particular, we add modeling constructs to the underlying object model of the KBMS for modeling the control structures of workow processes and use event-condition-action-alternative-action rules to specify constraints associated with these processes. To facilitate workow modeling, agraphical tool is being developed under a separate effort and the graphical representations of process models are used to generate their textual representations posed in a workow definition language (WFDL). Currently extant systems do not have KBMS support. An underlying KBMS automatically provides features such as persistence, rule processing, querying and extensibility, lacking in most current systems. The rule processing makes it very easy to enforce various constraints on workflows. We also provide a simulation system which can be used for “mock-runs”of a business process. This can be used to collect various metrics about the business process without actually running the production system. Based on the analysis, the process model can be modified to avoid bottlenecks or to improve its functionality and performance. The validated process model can then be used to control the activities of a real world business process. This is again an area where this system scores over existing systems.
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Thesis: Thesis (M.S.)--University of Florida, 1997.
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (leaves 69-71).
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