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Establishing Virtual Enterprises by means of Mobile Agents

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Author: Panos K. Chrysanthis, Taieb Znati, Sujata Banerjee, Shi-Kuo Chang

Abstract: Electronic Commerce is expanding from the simple notion of Electronic Store to the notion of Virtual Enterprises (VE) where existing enterprises dynamically form temporary alliances, joining their business in order to share their costs, skills and resources in supporting certain activities. Two fundamental problems in VE are (1) how a VE is established and (2) how information is shared among the VE participants in a control and efficient manner. Currently, existing enterprises are using workflows to automate their operation integrating their information systems and human resources. Thus, in this paper, we view the establishment of a VE as a problem of dynamically expanding and integrating workflows in decentralized, autonomous and interacting workflow management systems. Its focus is on the idea of mobile agents called adlets and their use in establishing VEs that involves advertising, negotiating and exchanging control information and data as well as its management.

Published In: Proc. of the 9th IEEE Int'l Workshop on Research Issues in Data Engineering

ISBN: 0-7695-0119-2

Pages: pp. 116-125

Place Published: Sydney, Australia

Year Published: 1999

Note: DOI:10.1109/RIDE.1999.758628

Project: Others Subject Area: Mobile Databases

Publication Type: Conference Paper

Sponsor: NSF IIS-9812532

Citation:Text Latex BibTex XML Panos K. Chrysanthis, Taieb Znati, Sujata Banerjee, and Shi-Kuo Chang. Establishing Virtual Enterprises by means of Mobile Agents, Proc. of the 9th IEEE Int'l Workshop on Research Issues in Data Engineering (RIDE'99), pp. 116-125, 0-7695-0119-2 , Sydney, Australia, March 1999.(DOI:10.1109/RIDE.1999.758628 )