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Workflow Management Coalition Announces
Dr. Haruo Hayami
as recipient of first annual Marvin L. Manheim Award
for Significant Contributions in the Field of Workflow

Dr Hayami with Layna Fischer, WfMC General Manager

March 6, 2002. San Francisco, CA.  The Workflow Management Coalition (WfMC) announced here today that Dr Haruo Hayami of Japan is the recipient of the first annual Marvin L. Manheim Award for significant contributions in the field of workflow. Nominations were received for the Year 2001.

As one of the first to recognize the importance of linking workflows across enterprises in support of cross-organizational e-commerce, Dr. Hayami undertook research in this area early on, originating the simple but expressive term "interworkflow" and proposing an interworkflow application model. His many other major contributions to the promising field of workflow technology include the development of prototype and production interworkflow support systems facilitating the construction of interworkflow process definitions.

“Some time ago, I decided that workflow linking was an important area that deserved more attention. I then devoted several years to implementing this concept, which I called ‘interworkflow.’ The research was carried out with the cooperation of the WfMC members and many vendors,” said Dr Hayami at the Award ceremony in San Francisco.”In that sense, this award is surely not mine alone. I want to share the honor with the WfMC members and cooperating vendors. Electronic commerce among enterprises is going to grow in importance. Interworkflow is a key technology on which inter-enterprise EC can be built.”

Dr. Hayami co-founded the WfMC Japan SIG, which he currently chairs. He has published three books and several articles aimed at educating workflow users and gaining wider use of the interworkflow technology.

After moving to the Kanagawa Institute of Technology in 1998, Dr. Hayami applied for and won a development grant from the Information-technology Promotion Agency, Japan (IPA) under that organization's next-generation digital infrastructure application technology development program. Backed by several hundred million yen in development funding, he created a production-ready interworkflow support system and demonstrated the validity of the technology. In the project, the WfMC Interface 4 protocol was implemented on Hitachi's Groupmax and Toshiba's InConcert at a production level. The results were announced in 1999 at the WfMC meeting when it was held for the second time in Japan, again winning high acclaim.

“I believe the work done by Dr Hayami on the Interworkflow Project is of high importance and we have utilized several of the main concepts in developing the Wf-XML standard to support interworkflow operations,” said David Hollingsworth, Chair of the WfMC Technical Committee and Systems Architect, ICL/Fujitsu.

The Marvin L. Manheim award is presented annually by the Workflow Management Coalition to recognize an individual or a group for their influence, contribution, or distinguished use of workflow systems. The award is named in honor of the late Professor Marvin L. Manheim, co-founder of the Black Forest Group and also co-founder of the WfMC. Professor Manheim was the William A. Patterson Distinguished Professor of Transportation at the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University from 1983 until his death in August 2000.

The WfMC will shortly be calling for nominations for the Marvin L. Manheim Award 2002. An online nomination form may be found at

About the Workflow Management Coalition (www.wfmc.org)
The WfMC, founded in August 1993, is a non-profit, international organization of workflow vendors, users, analysts and university/research groups. The Coalition's mission is to promote and develop the use of workflow through the establishment of standards for software terminology, interoperability and connectivity between workflow products. Consisting of over 300 members, spread throughout the world, the Coalition has become established as the primary standards body for this rapidly expanding software market.

About Marvin L. Manheim
Marvin L. Manheim was the William A. Patterson Distinguished Professor of Transportation at the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University from 1983 until his death in August 2000. Prof. Manheim was also associated with Northwestern's McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science, Transportation Center, Steel Resource Center, Institute for Learning Studies, and Center for the Study of United States/Japan Relations, and taught executive management programs at Kellogg's James L. Allen Center. Prior to joining the Kellogg School, he held faculty positions at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Prof. Manheim's major area of interest was information technology and its uses strategically, competitively, and organizationally. It included strategy formulation and implementation processes; the management of globally competing organizations; and international transportation and logistics. He was also interested in computer assistance to human problem solving and decision-making, including decision support systems (DSS) and artificial intelligence.

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