Architecture for the Design and Agent-Based Implementation of Cross-Organizational Business Processes

Timo Kahl, Ingo Zinnikus, Stephan Roser, Christian Hahn, Jörg Ziemann, Jörg P. Müller, Klaus Fischer

Proceedings of 3rd International Conference on Interoperability of Enterprise Systems and Architecture (I-ESA’2007), Funchal, Portugal, March, In: R. J. Gonçalves, J. Müller, K. Mertins, M. Zelm (Eds). Enterprise Interoperability II - New Challenges and Approaches, pp. 207-218, Springer, 2007

New forms of cooperation like collaborative business scenarios require a deep but flexible integration of enterprises. In order to manage inter-organizational business processes, existing concepts for business process management need to be adapted and extended. In this paper an approach is presented, that shows how cross-organizational processes can be planned and implemented. The approach in this article describes the conceptual preparation of CBPs independently from specific techniques used for execution. However, the authors consider the potentials of their execution offered by agents in comparison to other state of art techniques like WS-BPEL engines.

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