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2 Author(s)
Leymann, F. ; IBM Software Solutions Division, German Software Development Laboratory, Hanns Klemm Strasse 45, D-71034 Boeblingen, Germany ; Roller, D.

A significant number of companies are re-engineering their business to be more effective and productive. Consequently, existing applications must be modified, and new applications must be written. The new applications typically run in a distributed and heterogeneous environment, performing single tasks in parallel, and demanding special transaction functionality for the supporting environments. Workflow-based applications offer this type of capability. In this paper, their principal advantages are derived and set in context to transaction, object, and CASE (computer-assisted software engineering) technology. In particular, a method is proposed to develop these workflow-based applications in a cohesive and consistent way.

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IBM Systems Journal  (Volume:36 ,  Issue: 1 )