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Recovery in Workflow Management Systems

Recovery in Workflow Management Systems
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Author(s): Sulaiman Al-Turki (K.K.M.A., Saudi Arabia)and Danilo Montesi (University of Bologna, Italy)
Copyright: 2002
Pages: 4
Source title: Issues & Trends of Information Technology Management in Contemporary Organizations
Source Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, D.B.A. (Information Resources Management Association, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-930708-39-6.ch116
ISBN13: 9781930708396
EISBN13: 9781466641358


Workflow Management Systems (WFMS) have been strongly tied to the database technology by most commercial and research models. This link came without a lot of consideration to the differences between the two environments. Therefore, it is important to consider each technology’s requirements during the design and implementation. I/O automata are ideal to model Workflows, where workflows are considered as black boxes (automata) with only inputs and outputs visible to the outside world. The recovery system uses I/O automata to model recovery-workflows too. In addition, forward recovery is important to use in WFMS, because undo and rollback recoveries can only be good for DBMS.

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