2. Types of Data in Z Flow

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Z Flow offers rich structured and unstructured data management capabilities to support workflow management. The primary types that are of interest include

Workflow (Process) Attributes

Workflow attributes are structured information that describe the business context of the workflow. These attributes can be used to collect relevant information as well as for rules that determine the workflow path. It is likely that these attributes (highlighted below in the picture) represent different objects (quotes, product master data, customer data, events, etc.) of the system to which Z Flow is integrated.

 

Files/Documents

Z Flow has rich support for managing files as part of process workflows, as independent objects, or in relation to other objects. Files can also be subject to lifecycle management (version, revision and release management) if needed.

 

Parts (aka Materials/Items used in ERP, Manufacturing, Purchasing and Commerce)

ZFlow is the only workflow system that provides comprehensive support for parts (also known as Materials in ERP systems, parts/items in PLM and other business systems). As a result, ZFlow is uniquely capable of supporting many business processes effectively in Purchasing, Design/Engineering, Manufacturing, Quality Management, Maintenance Operations and Supply Chain.

 

Form (for Complex Objects)

Form is a generic structured object that can also be used to represent a variety of data used in applications and business processes. Forms can be part of a workflow.

 

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