YAWL (Yet Another Workflow Language)
YAWL is a BPM/Workflow system, based on a concise and powerful modelling language, that handles complex data transformations, and full integration with organizational resources and external Web Services.
YAWL offers these distinctive features:
- the most powerful process specification language for capturing control-flow dependencies and resourcing requirements.
- native data handling using XML Schema, XPath and XQuery.
- a formal foundation that makes its specifications unambiguous and allows automated verification.
- a service-oriented architecture that provides an environment that can easily be tuned to specific needs.
- YAWL has been developed independent from any commercial interests. It simply aims to be the most powerful language for process specification.
- For its expressiveness, YAWL offers relatively few constructs (compare this e.g. to BPMN!).
- YAWL offers unique support for exception handling, both those that were and those that were not anticipated at design time.
- YAWL offers unique support for dynamic workflow through the Worklets approach. Workflows can thus evolve over time to meet new and changing requirements.
- YAWL aims to be straightforward to deploy. It offers a number of automatic installers and an intuitive graphical design environment.
- YAWL's architecture is Service-oriented and hence one can replace existing components with one's own or extend the environment with newly developed components.
- The YAWL environments supports the automated generation of forms. This is particularly useful for rapid prototyping purposes.
- Tasks in YAWL can be mapped to human participants, Web Services, external applications or to Java classes.
- Through the C-YAWL approach a theory has been developed for the configuration of YAWL models. For more information on process configuration visit [www.processconfiguration.com]
- Simulation support is offered through a link with the ProM environment. Through this environment it is also possible to conduct post-execution analysis of YAWL processes (e.g. in order to identify bottlenecks).
- new: completely rewritten Process Editor
- new: Auto Update + Install/Uninstall of selected components
- delayed case starting
- support for passing files as data
- support for non-human resources
- support for interprocess communication
- calendar service and scheduling capabilities
- task documentation facility
- revised logging format and exporting to OpenXES
- integration with external applications
- custom forms
- sophisticated verification support
- Web service communication
- Highly configurable and extensible