Manheim Award Flows to Fujitsu Chief Architect for Workflow Work

3/12/2004 - Fujitsu Software Corporation announced that Keith Swenson, chief architect of Fujitsu Software Corporation, has been named the 2004 recipient of the prestigious Marvin L. Manheim Award. Presented by the Workflow Management Coalition (WfMC), the annual award recognizes outstanding contributions by individuals or groups in the field of workflow. Keith will be honored at an award ceremony hosted by the WfMC in conjunction with the AIIM Expo Conference & Exposition at 4 p.m. today at the Jacob J. Javits Center, New York, NY.

“Keith has played a significant role in defining and promoting process-based standards for a number of years. His work has benefited, not only the WfMC, but the entire community of business process management and workflow users,” said Jon Pyke, WfMC chair and CTO of Staffware. “I view this award as richly deserved recognition for his unselfish effort on behalf of many standards groups, not just the WfMC.”

The WfMC has established the Marvin L. Manheim Award to recognize individuals or groups for their influence on, contribution to, or distinguished use of workflow systems. The award is named in honor of the late Professor Marvin L. Manheim, a co-founder of both the Black Forest Group and the WfMC. Since 2002, it has been the intent of the WfMC to annually honor people who have made notable advancements in the field of workflow. Previous award winners include Jon Pyke, current WfMC chair, and Dr. Haruo Hayami, co-founder of the WfMC Japan SIG.

“I am very honored to be recognized by the Workflow Management Coalition, especially at a time when workflow and BPM standards are impacting business as never before,” said Keith Swenson. “Throughout the eleven years of the WfMC’s existence, the organization has worked to increase the effectiveness of information systems in order to support the business processes of organizations. While we have come a long way, our work is not done. Our goals are as important as ever, as we find ourselves at a time when we can make a real difference in helping businesses do more with less.”

Keith Swenson’s accomplishments in the field of workflow span years of design innovation and a long-standing contribution to industry workflow standards. He presented the first “Web services” proposal called Simple Workflow Access Protocol (SWAP) including concepts later integrated into a standard known as Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP) developed at W3C. He also helped propose and form the OASIS Asynchronous Service Access Protocol Technical Committee (ASAP TC), has chaired working groups at the Workflow Management Coalition, is involved in the development of standards such as Web Services Composite Application Framework (WS-CAF), XML Process Definition Language (XPDL), and was part of the technical committee for the Object Management Group (OMG) workflow interface effort. A recognized authority on workflow technology, Keith is a published author and featured speaker at industry conferences.

About The Workflow Management Coalition (
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 throughout the world, the Coalition is the primary standards body for this significant 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.

About Fujitsu Software Corporation
Fujitsu Software Corporation, based in Sunnyvale, California, is part of the Fujitsu Limited (TSE:6702) family. The wholly owned subsidiary delivers one of the world’s broadest lines of application infrastructure software products, including the Interstage® Suite and NetCOBOL®. Fujitsu Software Corporation leverages Fujitsu’s international scope and expertise in developing and providing information technology solutions, including more than 4,000 software developers worldwide. To learn more about the Interstage Suite, visit To learn more about Fujitsu Software Corporation, visit

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