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Why use it?
Windows Workflow Foundation
What is it?
Windows Workflow Foundation (WF),
part of Microsoft .NET 3.0, is the programming model, engine and tools for
quickly building workflow enabled applications. WF radically
enhances a developer's ability to model and support business
Windows Workflow Foundation helps you to:
Build next-generation applications that are process
driven, instead of data-oriented. With dynamic features
such as tasks, goals, deadlines, escalation, compliance and status tracking, as
opposed to static data, process-based applications align themselves much closer
to the way you do your business.
Get notified about tasks instead
of having to check for them, get a warning about an imminent deadline rather
than finding out that you just missed it and experience the benefit of
real-time compliance as opposed to a monthly report that shows where you
breached an SLA or violated a regulation.
Easily add workflow to existing
applications to achieve many of the benefits mentioned above, without
sacrificing your investment in existing software.
Build loosely coupled systems using orchestrated web
services that integrate internal applications as well
as external services.
The Industry Challenge?
Windows Workflow Foundation is a low-level programming model for
building workflow into applications, very similar to how ADO.NET is a low-level
model for accessing databases from within applications.
The industry challenge rests in the fact that using ADO.NET in and of itself
does not necessarily guarantee a production-worthy application, and this
dilemma also haunts Workflow Foundation-based solutions. Even
though WF does an excellent job storing and executing workflow
definitions, it does not
provide in-built support for creating
a comprehensive, and process-pro-active
end-user solution around the workflow definition.
In other words, it does not enable business line managers
to interact with the business process in terms of viewing and completing
tasks, status tracking, pro-active management, escalation, exception
handling, metrics and reporting.
For data-driven applications this issue is moot, because developers have
been building and deploying this technology since the 70s -there are
well-known techniques and standards for it, not to speak of countless
real-world applications to model new solutions on.
However, process management and workflow automation solutions represent a whole
new ball-game. In comparison to data-driven apps, not many solutions with this
level of process sophistication have been built and few engineers have
experience in developing, deploying and supporting them.
This is especially true where human interaction comes into
Automating human-intensive business processes is a far greater investment in
dollars, time and talent, compared to machine-centric workflows that
integrate legacy applications or web-services in a serial fashion. The fact
that Workflow Foundation has no in-built abstractions for people or
roles only adds to the complexity.
The Procedian Solution
Procedian has the answer, now, and is ready to help.
Given that vendor experience is crucial to any software development project.
Only a vendor who has experience in translating your specific needs
into business, user, functional, systems and application
requirements, will deliver a solution that truly fits the bill.
While most other vendors lack specific workflow and process automation
expertise, at Procedian, it's our core business and way of life. Our
architects, product managers and software developers have delivered .NET
solutions that automate human-intensive busines processes for many years, in a
wide-variety of domains.
Accurate and complete Requirements Engineering and Requirements
Management are another key to success. To help you formulate adequate
requirements, we have developed a Requirements
Gathering Methodology called
PeopleProcess, which focuses specifically on human-oriented process
management. In addition our Reference Architecture
for building cutting-edge end-user solutions around automated and managed
business processes, guarantees solutions that have been time-tested with proven
effectiveness in production environments.
At Procedian, we have been an active participant in the Windows Workflow
Foundation (R)Evolution since the first beta was publicly released. We also
have a strong track record in .NET development, coupled with the highest
standards for our technical staff recruitment. On the Microsoft-side, we
require a minimum of 5 years of .NET experience for any of our developers.
If you are ready to implement true process management
solutions that integrate both people and systems, then
we are ready to rock your world.
By combining our human process management expertise with this exciting new
technology from Microsoft, we can deliver
you world-class process-driven applications that truly deliver on the
promise of business process management and automation.
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