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A Scheme for Integrating E-Services in Establishing Virtual Enterprises

DocUID: 2002-001 Full Text: PDF

Author: Alan Berfield, Panos K. Chrysanthis, Ioannis Tsamardinos, Martha Pollack, Sujata Banerjee

Abstract: An important aspect of Business to Business Ecommerce is the agile Virtual Enterprise (VE). VEs are established when existing enterprises dynamically form temporary alliances, joining their business in order to share their costs, skills and resources in supporting certain activities. Currently, existing enterprises use workflows to automate their operation and integrate their information systems and human resources. Thus, the establishment of a VE has been viewed as a problem of dynamically expanding and integrating workflows. In this paper, we present an approach to combining workflows from different enterprises, using techniques developed in the Artificial Intelligence literature on planning. Our method takes two workflow views, one representing a service request and the other a service provision (advertisement), with a mix of vital and nonvital steps and a rich set of constraints, and returns a list of possible legal combinations, if any exist. It then uses plan-merging techniques to find potential conflicts between the two work-flows, and to suggest additional constraints that can resolve the conflicts. The returned solutions represent terms for the establishment of a new VE, and can be evaluated by each side to determine which is most desirable.

Published In: Proc. of 12th IEEE Int'l Workshop on Research Issues in Data Enginnering

Pages: pp. 134-142

Place Published: San Jose, CA

Year Published: 2002

Project: Others Subject Area: Data Integration

Publication Type: Conference Paper

Sponsor: NSF IIS-9812532, AFOSR #F030602-00-0547

Citation:Text Latex BibTex XML Alan Berfield, Panos K. Chrysanthis, Ioannis Tsamardinos, Martha Pollack, and Sujata Banerjee. A Scheme for Integrating E-Services in Establishing Virtual Enterprises, Proc. of 12th IEEE Int'l Workshop on Research Issues in Data Enginnering (RIDE'02), pp. 134-142, San Jose, CA, February 2002.