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Supporting Mobile Business Workflow with Commune

John S. Davis II, Ph.D.
IBM T. J. Watson Research Center

Wednesday, April 26, 2006
JEC 3117 - 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Refreshments at 1:30 p.m.


We propose Commune, a workflow management system that supports a mobile workforce. We introduce the "mini-workflow," a network-isolated subcomponent of a business workflow process. Miniworkflows enable subsets of business workflow to be off-loaded into mobile client environments by leveraging web services. We describe how miniworkflows overcome the challenges of intermittent connectivity and we describe our BPEL-based implementation.

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