Workflow Management Coalition - Press Release - 21-May-96

Workflow Management Coalition to Debut Demo of Workflow Interoperability Specification

BRUSSELS, Belgium (May 21, 1996) -- The Workflow Management Coalition (WfMC), a non-profit international organization of workflow vendors, customers and consultants today announced that it will provide the first public demonstration of its Workflow Interoperability (Interface 4) specification at the Workflow Canada Conference taking place in Toronto, June 9-11, 1996. Coalition members will perform a live demonstration of a workflow interoperability scenario designed to show how businesses can exchange and process work from two or more workflow products.

In direct response to growing user demands for demonstration of the viability of its standards in distributed process management, the WfMC demonstration includes workflow products from seven WfMC members - CSE Systems, DEC, IBM, ICL, Microsoft, Staffware and Wang - and profiles a Supply Chain Management scenario where the integration of workflow processes links organizations to their customers and suppliers in a cooperative process. This demonstration is based on the current draft specification that was announced on February 26, 1996.

The Supply Chain Management Process

The Supply Chain Management scenario is typical of organizations that are extending their business processes to include suppliers, business partners and customers. The objective is to obtain benefits by rapidly getting manufactured goods from the production line into retail stores, by providing early notice and coordination of business processes across a number of cooperating organizations. Typically, organizations are expecting to use existing EDI connections, electronic commerce over the Internet, or direct connections with business partners to accomplish these objectives. Achieving this level of integration requires the capabilities of multiple workflow products to communicate and cooperate in data exchange and process hand-offs.

"Corporations frequently need different workflow products to serve different needs and applications," said Sunil Sarin, Chairman of the Coalition's Working Group on Workflow Interoperability and Workflow Architect at Xerox Xsoft - a Coalition member. "While the Supply Chain Management Process scenario is hypothetical, it is nonetheless a clear demonstration that if a company has such a need they can not only efficiently exchange and process work, but protect and capitalize on their workflow investments."

About the Workflow Management Coalition

Founded in 1993, the Workflow Management Coalition (WfMC) is a non-profit, international organization of workflow vendors, customers and consultants. The Coalition's mission is to promote the use of workflow through the establishment of standards for software terminology, interoperability and connectivity between workflow products.

Consisting of more than 175 members in 25 countries, the Coalition has quickly become established as the primary standards body for this rapidly expanding software market. In November 1995, the Coalition published its workflow application programming interface (Interface 2) specification designed to give users increased flexibility in implementing standards-based workflow systems.

For further information contact:

Contact: Attn. Beth Johnson, Phase Two Strategies ( or tel: 415/772-8419) or Emmy Botterman, WfMC ( or tel: +32 2 774-9633).

Workflow Management Coalition Office
Avenue Marcel Thiry 204, 1200 Brussels,Belgium;
Tel: +32 2 774 96 33. Fax: +32 2 774 96 90

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