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Agent-based workflow management systems (WfMSs).

Ehrler, Lars; Fleurke, Martin; Purvis, Maryam; Savarimuthu, Bastin

In: Information Systems and E-Business Management, 4, 1, 2006, pages 5-23. January 2006. URL:,.

Abstract: Workflow management systems (WfMSs) based on agent technology can cope with the rapidly evolving business environment better than most other systems as they are more flexible and open. In this paper we describe a possible architecture of such a system by means of our prototype WfMS called JBees. The combination of collaborating agents and the Coloured Petri Net (CPN)-formalism in JBees enables a flexible and adaptive system with the possibility of simulation, analysis, and monitoring of the process execution in order to identify potential inconsistencies and to provide appropriate information to the workflow administrator for the purpose of the process improvement.

Keywords: Workflow management system - Adaptability - Software agents - Workflow monitoring - Coloured Petri nets.

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