SOURCE: Fujitsu Computer Systems

February 13, 2007 08:00 ET

Fujitsu IT Leadership Helps Shape Business Process Management Industry

Workflow Management Coalition Appoints Keith Swenson as Vice Chairman (Americas) and Technical Committee Chairman, and Dave Hollingsworth as Technical Committee Chairman Emeritus

SUNNYVALE, CA and HINGHAM, MA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- February 13, 2007 -- Fujitsu Computer Systems Corporation and the Workflow Management Coalition (WfMC) today announced that Keith Swenson, Fujitsu Computer Systems' vice president of research and development, has been appointed the WfMC's vice chairman (Americas) and technical committee chairman, and Dave Hollingsworth, managing solutions architect, Fujitsu Services, Ltd., has been named technical committee chairman emeritus. Hollingsworth was also named the 2006 recipient of the WfMC's prestigious Marvin L. Manheim Award.

As the only standards body focused exclusively on workflow and business process management, the Workflow Management Coalition (WfMC) has an aggressive agenda for 2007 focused on the growing adoption of its core standards XML Process Definition Language (XPDL) and Wf-XML, as well as to drive overall market awareness and implementation of workflow and BPM, through its on-going education programs and industry-wide collaborations.

"These appointments reflect the long-term involvement of Keith and Dave in helping to shape the business process management industry and find new ways for companies to use technology to make their businesses more efficient," said Robert Sepanloo, senior vice president of the Enterprise Software and Solutions Group, Fujitsu Computer Systems. "We're very proud of their work, and Fujitsu will continue to incorporate the standards developed by the WfMC to ensure our products continue to lead the industry in meeting the real-world challenges of our customers."

Keith Swenson, WfMC Vice Chairman (Americas), Technical Committee Chairman

Keith Swenson's accomplishments in the field of workflow include years of design innovation and major contributions to workflow industry standards. He presented the first Web Services proposal, called Simple Workflow Access Protocol (SWAP), which included concepts later integrated into a standard known as Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP) developed at W3C. He also helped propose and form the OASIS Asynchronous Service Access Protocol Technical Committee (ASAP TC), has chaired working groups at the Workflow Management Coalition, is involved in the development of standards such as Web Services Composite Application Framework (WS-CAF) and XPDL, and was part of the technical committee for the Object Management Group (OMG) workflow interface effort. A recognized authority on workflow technology, Keith is a published author and featured speaker at industry conferences.

"Keith's role in defining and promoting process-based standards has led to significant industry developments and to direct benefits for the users of business process management products," said Nathaniel Palmer, Executive Director, WfMC. "The WfMC is grateful for his continued contributions."

"Business process management and the work of the Workflow Management Coalition has never been more relevant to the needs of businesses that want to design their next-generation infrastructures with a comprehensive understanding of how those infrastructures will support existing business processes and allow them to adapt to new challenges with greater efficiency," said Swenson. "The next few years will be very exciting as companies begin to leverage their investments in service-oriented architectures to design standards-based, highly adaptable business process workflows."

Dave Hollingsworth, WfMC Technical Committee Chairman Emeritus

Following more than a decade of tireless work with the WfMC, Dave Hollingsworth has been recognized with a lifetime title of WfMC Technical Committee Chairman Emeritus. He was also selected as the 2006 recipient of the WfMC's prestigious Marvin L. Manheim Award for his contributions to industry initiatives on workflow architecture and standards. Among his many contributions, Dave was the primary author of the Workflow Reference Model. First released in 1995, it remains today the most widely adopted model for commercial workflow and BPM software, and has heavily influenced other areas of technology.

Dave has been a leading contributor to all WfMC working groups, as well as to numerous other industry initiatives. He continues to encourage the development and adoption of open standards. In his role as Technical Committee Chairman Emeritus he will continue to shape and influence the industry-leading work of the WfMC.

"Dave's contribution to the work and advancement of the Workflow Management Coalition is second to none," said Jon Pyke, Chairman, WfMC. "From the early days when he formulated the now standard reference model, which shaped the direction of the Coalition, to his seminal work titled Reference Model 10 Years On, Dave has been in the thick of it. He has made a truly outstanding contribution to the advancement of the WfMC and process understanding, and we have much to thank him for."

"Watching the maturation of the Workflow Management Coalition and the business process management industry has been extremely gratifying," said Hollingsworth. "But I believe we are really just getting started. Over the next few years, new technologies and standards will completely reshape the large enterprise, enabling people to get more done in less time and shift more of their attention to delivering better products and services."

About The Workflow Management Coalition (

Founded in August 1993, the Workflow Management Coalition (WfMC) is a non-profit, global organization of adopters, developers, consultants, analysts, and university/research groups engaged in business process management (BPM). Workflow, or BPM, technology enables people to do their jobs with greater efficiency, traceability, and quality.

WfMC creates and contributes to process-related standards and educates the industry on the benefits of process automation. WfMC is the only standards organization that concentrates purely on process. WfMC created XPDL and Wf-XML and had influence on BPMN, OMG workflow interface, ASAP, and many other process-related standards. In 2006, over 600 individuals across Asia, Europe and the U.S. participated in the WfMC's workshops and training programs. Expanding on this, it will be holding programs and meetings throughout nearly a dozen countries and before an audience of over 1,000 business process professionals in 2007.

About Fujitsu Computer Systems Corporation

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