Real-world business processes rely on the availability of scarce, shared resources, both human and non-human. Current workflow management systems support allocation of individual human resources to tasks but lack support for the full range of resource types used in practice, and the inevitable constraints on their availability and applicability. Based on past experience with resource-intensive workflow applications, we derive generic requirements for a workflow system which can use its knowledge of resource capabilities and availability to help create feasible task schedules. We then define the necessary architecture for implementing such a system and demonstrate its practicality through a proof-of-concept implementation. This work is presented in the context of a real-life surgical care process observed in a number of German hospitals.
Ouyang, Chun; Wynn, Moe Thandar; Kuhr, Jan-Christian; Adams, Michael; Becker, Thomas; ter Hofstede, Arthur; and Fidge, Colin, "WORKFLOW SUPPORT FOR SCHEDULING IN SURGICAL CARE PROCESSES" (2011). ECIS 2011 Proceedings. 30.