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Subject Workflow, content managment, and a groupware platform
Posted 9/29/2000; 5:24 PM by Mark Morgan
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On the CMS mailing list recently there has been some talk about workflow, what workflow is and what it is not. Unfortunately right at this moment those messages are not in the web archives but hopefully they will be soon.

I don't know what "workflow" is, really, but I get the impression it's generally the process that leads to something being accomplished. In a CMS, then, a workflow in general might be (and correct me if I'm wrong!) the process of creating and approving and then ultimately posting a piece on your website.

My "workflow" process is pretty basic--I have a series of steps I do when a piece is posted in the discussion group, some of which will be more automated soon as I make better use of the automatic indexing tool. But it got me started thinking about how Conversant, as a groupware development platform, is perfect for dealing with issues like this.

One comment from the list is that workflow is basically project management. If you've ever used a tool like Microsoft Project, it's basically a way to keep track of what needs to be done, when, and by who. By generalizing "workflow" this way it's easy to see the advantage of having my website on Conversant. Take the event calendar. Isn't that a way of keeping track of scheduled things? Couldn't I schedule things in my workflow and put that schedule into the event calendar?

In fact, since Conversant allows any kind of groupware tool to be built, there's no reason that Conversant's future couldn't include a full-featured project management tool. If my project happened to be publishing my website, then the CMS part of Conversant is already benefiting from a completely unrelated application!

I like this idea, of finding ways to connect the various groupware applications that Conversant has now and will have in the future. It seems to me that the flexibility of Conversant as a development environment gives me, a mere website manager, access to the some pretty powerful stuff. No matter how diverse all my toys are, they're all in the same sandbox. Cool!

Thoughts?

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Re: Workflow, content managment, and a groupware platform
9/29/2000 by Seth Dillingham
Hey everybody, Mark's lights all came on at once! By George, I think he's got

RE: Workflow, content managment, and a groupware platform
9/29/2000 by Brian Carnell
I think one of the issues here is some of us have never used a project management


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