Agent-based workflow management systems (WfMSs), JBees: a distributed and adaptive WfMS with monitoring and controlling capabilities

AutorLars Ehrler, Martin Fleurke, Maryam Purvis and Bastin Tony Roy Savarimuthu
QuelleJournal of Information Systems and E-Business Management, Volume 4, Number 1 

Workflow management systems (WfMSs) based on agent technology can cope with the rapidly evolving business environment better than most other systems as they are more flexible and open. In this paper we describe a possible architecture of such a system by means of our prototype WfMS called JBees. The combination of collaborating agents and the Coloured Petri Net (CPN)-formalism in JBees enables a flexible and adaptive system with the possibility of simulation, analysis, and monitoring of the process execution in order to identify potential inconsistencies and to provide appropriate information to the workflow administrator for the purpose of the process improvement.