||What is k-Flow?
k-Flow is a solution that delivers
sophisticated workflow functionality as a multi-threaded application and
can be deployed across many different server and presentation platforms.
The k-Flow architecture is designed using Java and XML and supports
k-Flow caters for business process design
and re-use of process sub-flows in order to reduce deployment times of new
or changing business processes. Further, there may be issues that
require actions such as collaboration or management approval that may
reside outside a formalised business process. In these cases, k-Flow
offers the AHR module that enables users to forward work packages to
co-workers and/or management.
Creation of process definitions are simple
as k-Flow supports serial and parallel processing of work, including
timeouts (utilising a full business calendar), event handling, escalation
and process hierarchies functions and integrates with email.
Essentially, it is software that provides complete application integration
and puts technology back into the hands of the stakeholders. It is
simple enough that the business processes can be designed and maintained
by the people that will use the system.
The system provides enterprise application
integration capability and fully integrates to Hummingbird products, ODMA-compliant
applications and other third-party applications that present an
application programming interface (API).
How Does it Work?
Designer’ component is user friendly and has an intuitive graphical
interface which allows users with no or limited technical coding
experience to design and build process definitions. Further, k-Flow's
design component provides a graphical presentation along with the use of
‘drag and drop’ functionality, re-use of processes and ‘package
definitions’ and intuitive point-and-click ‘wizards’.
The user has the ability to create activities (or task objects) dragging
and dropping from a graphical menu to the actual design map. The benefit
is that a Business Systems Administrator can quickly construct a process
design map with immediate visual feedback. The map is intelligently coded
as it is constructed yet is transparent to the design person.
Where decisions are required at an activity (or step), in-built wizards
are provided to step a Business Systems Administrator through scenarios to
ensure accurate and logical decisions are completed and routed
accordingly. This advanced functionality minimises errors that could occur
by manual intervention.
Each model consists of a
process definition made up of a number of activities joined together by
connectors. This forms a network of activities that can be navigated by
the workflow server in response to external stimuli either from a workflow
client (presentation layer), a timed response or an external system.
Activity Linking (DAL) – DAL provides continuity between
activities whereby the activity relationships and flows are preserved
when activities and connectors are graphically repositioned for visual
re-use – library of processes with version control.
Definition & Re-use – a package definitions is a “virtual
folder” that defines how information and data will be collected in a
workflow. Once these packages are defined they can be re-used in many
Annotations – instant recognition and description of processes
as a whole, decision, activities, etc.
Lists – a step-by-step descriptive instruction set for operator
to use in order to complete tasks without any process training. As an
example, temporary staff can be placed in a workflow role and be able
to complete activities with minimal or no training.
Help – enables an organisation to plug-in “active quality”
whereby operators are able to dynamically interrogate help or
supporting files direct from a url within the process. This provides
an organisation to continually update quality procedures independently
of the process design.
Handler Library – a library of decision-making objects are
provided and additional handlers may be created and added/shared to
the library. Robustness & Continuity – There is no need to take
the workflow server down for backup or to put a new workflow process
into and out of production.
– The workflow server software provides for hot failover, where is 2
or more workflow servers are implemented, and one fails, another
workflow server automatically reconnects the clients with no loss of
Enterprise Suite -
Server - Production Workflow server
AHR - Ad Hoc Routing module
DC - Document Capture
- XML form builder module
Client - Management tool for workflow administrator
& Development Client - Management tool for workflow designer
- Process Design
System - Windows 2000 Advanced Server SP1, Windows 2000 Server
SP1, Windows NT Server 4.0 with service pack 6a, UNIX, Linux with
compatible Java VM.
- Dual Pentium III 900 Mhz
- 1 GB
Space - 18 GB available disk space, RAID Array (depends on volumes)