Resources tend to follow certain availability patterns, due to the maintenance cycles, work shifts, etc. Such availability patterns heavily influence the efficiency and effectiveness of enterprise process scheduling. Most existing process scheduling and resource management approaches focus on process structure and resource utilisation, yet neglect the resource availability constraints. In this paper, we investigate how to plan the business process instances scheduling in accordance with resource availability patterns, so that enterprise resources can be rationally and sufficiently used. Three planning strategies are proposed to maximise the process instance throughput using different criteria.
Lecture notes in computer science: Proceedings of 'On the move to meaningful internet systems' (OTM 2010), Confederated International Conferences: CoopIS, IS, DOA and ODBASE, Hersonissos, Crete, Greece, 25-29 October 2010, Part 1, Vol. 6426, pp. 419–427