Simon Gendreau wrote:
> I agree that this question may look too broad , but i'd like to find out
> anyone on this list is working in an Engineering environment and is
> looking/evaluating at an integrated solution to support their in-house
> and development processes using XML technology................
I'm not looking at this from the same perspective, but maybe I can
> The PDM solution being already accomplished via CATIA solutions
technology, I am
> mainly interested in the design process workflow architecture being
> taking advantage of an "xML" flavored approach .... We have developed a
> PDF/Flowchart using point-and-click method for the past 3-4 years but we
> ready to spend time/money on a more intuitive an innovative solution now
> are exposed to the power and potential of xML.
> Anything such as ..
> "Online Process Markup Language"ish type of initiative;
> Newsgroup/Mailing List geared toward such type of
> Proprietary product using XML technologies (less
> interesting but will be
> ... would be of interest to me.
The Workflow Management Coalition (WfMC) has defined some standards
in which you may be interested. In particular, their Interface 1
specification (WPDL - Workflow Process Definition Language) describes a
standard way to map out processes. They're currently working on development
of an XML version of this specification, evaluating proposals from several
members. Some vendors have already begun to develop prototype applications
supporting these proposals.
The best ways to find out more about this effort would be to browse
the WfMC web site: http://wwww.wfmc.org, and to contact the Working Group
responsible for this specification. You can subscribe to the Working Group 1
mailing list by sending a plain text message to [log in to unmask]
with the string "SUBSCRIBE WORKGROUP1" in the body.
On the web site, you'll also see the specification for Interface 4
(Wf-XML). This spec. is designed to support interoperability between diverse
workflow engines in a collaborative process. It may also be of interest to
you if your processes extend beyond the enterprise, but should not be
confused with the Interface 1 work. Hope it helps.
Michael A. Rossi
Computer Sciences Corporation
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