WfMC Announces David
Hollingsworth as 2006 Recipient
Manheim Award for Significant
Contributions in the Field of Workflow
WfMC Chair Jon Pyke and Dave Hollingsworth
September 27, Mainz, Germany. The Workflow
Management Coalition (WfMC) announced here today that David
Hollingsworth has been selected as the 2006 recipient of the prestigious
Marvin L Manheim Award.
David has been a leading contributor to industry
initiatives on workflow architecture and standards since the early
As Chief Architect for ICL’s Office Systems group
(now part of Fujitsu) he was actively involved in the establishment of
the Workflow Management Coalition in 1993 and was subsequently elected
chair of its technical committee – a position held for over 10 years.
He was responsible for much of the industry
founding architecture work, authoring the Workflow Reference Model,
which defined the framework for standards development for the industry.
He has contributed to all WfMC working groups, as well as numerous other
industry initiatives and continues to encourage the development and
adoption of open standards.
As a senior solution architect with Fujitsu
Services David continues to apply this knowledge to complex, large scale
system integration projects.
Dave Hollingsworth noted on accepting the award,
“It is a real honor to receive this award and in accepting it I would
like to pay tribute to the many colleagues and friends within the
workflow industry who have contributed so much in stimulating ideas and
discussion over a dozen or more years – and in particular, of course, to
Marvin Mannheim, who was a real visionary in the application of process
technology to the needs of business, a champion for open standards and a
good friend of the Workflow Management Coalition.
“I first met Marvin in 1993 at a meeting of the
Black Forest Group when we discussed some initial ideas for developing
an industry standard architecture for workflow automation. It is
gratifying to look back at how much has been achieved since that time,
much of it through the hard work and expertise of the WfMC.
“Business Process Management has moved from niche
to mainstream, and this increasing importance has reinforced the need
for effective standards to support business integration and process
evolution. The pace of change, both business and technology, will
continue but the architecture and standards established over the last 12
years will provide a sound foundation for this future direction.
“Dave’s contribution to the work and advancement of
the coalition is second to none. From the early days formulating the
reference model - now a defacto standard - which shaped the direction of
the Coalition to the seminal work entitled the reference model 10 years
on Dave has been in the thick of it,” said Jon Pyke. “A truly
outstanding contribution to the advancement of the WfMC and process
understanding. We have much to thank him for.”
“Dave attended more WfMC meetings than any other
member, by a large margin,” said Keith Swenson, co-chair of the WfMC
Technical Committee. “His guiding presence at so many meetings has been
a big factor in driving the WfMC since its inception.”
The workflow reference architecture document
released in 1995 was edited in a large part by David, and, as a
testament to the solid research behind the document, this architecture
document is still relevant today as the reference architecture for
workflow systems. The creation of the WfMC Standards Reference Model has
proved its importance in other areas of technology, most notably the ISO
Seven Layer reference model for computer communications.
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.
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. Comprising over 300 members worldwide, the Coalition is the
only standards body for this specific software market. The creation of
the WfMC Standards Reference Model has proved its importance in other
areas of technology, most notably the ISO Seven Layer reference model
for computer communications.
Nathaniel Palmer, WfMC Executive Director
99 Derby Street,
Hingham, MA 02043 USA