An enterprise workflow is a top level graphical representation of a flow of work which serves a complete, distinct, and fundamental function for the enterprise. Enterprise workflows are defined to enable and assure an integrated enterprise workflow (iEW).
The resultant complexity in the organizational flow of work complicates the ability of the business to deliver goods and services meeting the needs, goals, and objectives of the business.
An integrated enterprise workflow provides business process integration for integrated work product refinement to control the complex flow of work products between teams.
However, large organizations are divided into business functions, composed of business function teams, separately performing interrelated activities, serving a function the business needs.
Each team has a function specific business process producing specific work products serving a specific purpose across the business. The collective set of work products from all teams represents all work products required to deliver the goods and services of the business.
Each team also has policies, goals, objectives and a focus specific to the team's specific function. Each team therefore has an enterprise process, a function specific business process specific to the work products of the team.
With the flow of work divided between multiple teams, work product dependencies are created between the business processes creating an enterprise workflow, a time-dependent flow of work back and forth across the enterprise.
An enterprise workflow is executed through a team of people assigned from the workforce, and ultimately outputs a good (a product or system) or a service (including supporting goods and workforce management).
Enterprise workflows are specific to the team (the "Team Workflow") and consist of sequential process activities executed in steps aligned to the life cycle of the team workflow output.
Enterprise workflow represents the execution of enterprise processes, the enterprise level aggregation by business function of its detailed business processes as defined by policies, standard operating procedures and other governance documents. In other words, an enterprise workflow is the flow of work for a team working to the business requirements of the enterprise as specified in the enterprise's business process documentation, data and information.
There are many levels of authority and detail in business processes. The word "business process" used in context to enterprise workflow refers to a fundamental business process. Fundamentally, business process is the end-to-end flow of a business organization's working resources in the provision of the goods and services of the business.