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Applied Architecture Patterns on the Microsoft Platform - Second Edition by Gregor Noriskin, Dmitri Olechko, Andre Dovgal

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Chapter 11. Workflow Patterns

In business process automation and system integration, often you may hear about workflows. However, if you asked several professionals what workflows are, you will get a number of different answers. And this is no surprise since the concept of workflow is decades old and is used in many industries. In software-intensive systems, workflows can be as simple as steps to complete and approve a document or as complex as tasks involved in managing a long-running process between different departments or organizations.

Nevertheless, there are some commonalities in all these approaches to workflow systems, which are described as follows:

  • Workflows are composed of a series of steps. Each step represents a task or an activity ...

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