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State of the Art [chapter]

Marc M. Lankhorst, Maria-Eugenia Iacob, Henk Jonkers
2017 The Enterprise Engineering Series  
doi:10.1007/978-3-662-53933-0_2 fatcat:wksiumptv5agdj62qvaq6cd5h4

Platform-based collaboration in digital ecosystems

Fabian Aulkemeier, Maria-Eugenia Iacob, Jos van Hillegersberg
2019 Electronic Markets  
Organizations operating in a network require strong information technology support to successfully collaborate. In a business service network, the links between partners must enable quick connect and disconnect relationships, in order to harness market opportunities. Scholars claim that information technology platforms are necessary to enhance this quick connect capability and to transform business networks into digital ecosystems. However, the state of the art in inter-organizational
more » ... ion relies on static collaboration patterns between individual partners, and current systems are engineered without interoperability in mind. In this study, we follow a design science approach to promote the concept of platform-based collaboration. More precisely, we propose an architecture for an inter-organizational platform that facilitates the provisioning of collaboration services. Furthermore, we present a prototype in the context of e-commerce as a means of evaluating the proposed design. We conclude that the platform approach is beneficial in achieving increased flexibility in business-to-business collaboration.
doi:10.1007/s12525-019-00341-2 fatcat:k42rarxusvf7fkzvquwtqcsw4m

A Distributed Barge Planning Game [chapter]

Martijn Mes, Maria-Eugenia Iacob, Jos van Hillegersberg
2014 Lecture Notes in Computer Science  
In this paper, we address a complex issue in the coordination of supply chains: the optimization of the alignment of barge and terminal operations in the Port of Rotterdam. Our research goal is to design a distributed multi-agent and serviceoriented system architecture, which solves the barge handling problem through information exchange and a decision support system based on intelligent alignment of proposals. In order to validate this solution, we implement it by means of both a system and a
more » ... anagement game, using web-service technology. We report our experiences with the game throughout its validation with domain experts.
doi:10.1007/978-3-319-04954-0_25 fatcat:tqi7aie77jck3aoja2aqb3m53a

Case Studies [chapter]

Hans Bosma, Henk Jonkers, Math J. Cuvelier, Peter G. M. Penders, Saco F. Bekius, Maria-Eugenia Iacob
2017 The Enterprise Engineering Series  
This Chapter describes our experience with the development of MAS-PLs. We detail two developed case studies, both for the web domain: the ExpertCommittee (Section 4.1), a MAS-PL of conference management systems; and the OLIS (Section 4.2), a MAS-PL of systems that provide several personal services for users, such as Events Announcement. These product lines were developed using two different approaches: extractive for the ExpertCommittee (the MAS-PL was build based on a set of different system
more » ... rsions); and reactive for the OLIS (the MAS-PL was incrementally build). Event though no case study adopts a pro-active development approach, our process can also be applied in this situation. ExpertCommittee Case Study In this Section, we present our first case study, the ExpertCommittee (EC). This case study consists of developing a conference management system, which we have evolved over time, consequently it has several versions. This kind of system, first proposed in (Ciancarini 1998), has been widely used to the elaboration and application of agent-oriented methodologies. After developing the first version of the system (its core), some agent features were incorporated to it. The evolution of the EC was accomplished in an ad-hoc way, therefore we did not consider features modularity, leading to a tangled and spread code into all system components. Consequently, this was also reflected in the system design. Further, using an extractive approach (Section 2.1) of the SPL development, we build the EC MAS-PL. Based on the different EC versions, we developed an architecture in such way that we could semi-automatically derive all the different previously released versions of the system or any valid combination of its features. So, first we give an overview of the EC evolution (Section 4.1.1), detailing which functionalities composed each one of the system versions. Next, we show how we transformed the several versions of the EC system into a MAS-PL using our approach (Section 4.1.2). Our process allowed to analyze the commonalities PUC-Rio -Certificação Digital Nº 0711289/CA
doi:10.1007/978-3-662-53933-0_12 fatcat:oqgqs2skfrcmvfozebbfk34fpu

Interoperability Architecture for Electric Mobility [chapter]

Allard Brand, Maria-Eugenia Iacob, Marten J. van Sinderen
2015 Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing  
the use of the grid and available energy can be optimized to minimize additional investments and facilitate the integration and storage of renewable energy" (CEN, CENELEC & ETSI, 2012) and ArchiMate(Iacob  ... 
doi:10.1007/978-3-662-47157-9_12 fatcat:uy2kwmmrobdk7c7kac3hmajjxi

Achieving Business Process Flexibility with Business Rules

Tim van Eijndhoven, Maria-Eugenia Iacob, María Laura Ponisio
2008 2008 12th International IEEE Enterprise Distributed Object Computing Conference  
Business processes used in networked business are often large and complex, which makes them difficult to manage and change. In this paper we address this lack of flexibility by proposing a solution that uses business rules and workflow patterns to model the variable parts of process flow, thus facilitating dynamic pattern composition in these areas. We argue that the increase in flexibility is justified by the fact that changes in a business process can be confined to the variable isolated parts of the process.
doi:10.1109/edoc.2008.23 dblp:conf/edoc/EijndhovenIP08 fatcat:vlzhcqn4pbe67plzup3dtivwde

Synchromodal Transport Planning at a Logistics Service Provider [chapter]

Martijn R. K. Mes, Maria-Eugenia Iacob
2015 Logistics and Supply Chain Innovation  
Iacob  ...  For the CO 2 emission calculation, we use an external, cloud based, carbon management system (ABCO 2 ) that has been designed on the basis of the reference architecture proposed by Iacob et al. (2013)  ... 
doi:10.1007/978-3-319-22288-2_2 fatcat:5q6qgok3ljco7h5nd5q4xhaohe

Model-Driven Development of Context-Aware Services [chapter]

João Paulo A. Almeida, Maria-Eugenia Iacob, Henk Jonkers, Dick Quartel
2006 Lecture Notes in Computer Science  
In this paper, we define a model-driven design trajectory for contextaware services consisting of three levels of models with different degrees of abstraction and platform independence. The models at the highest level of platform independence describe the behaviour of a context-aware service and its environment from an integrated perspective. The models at the intermediate level describe abstract components, which realize the context-aware service in terms of a service-oriented abstract
more » ... . At the lowest level, the realization of a context-aware service is described in terms of specific target technologies, such as Web Services, BPEL and Parlay technologies. Our approach allows service designers to concentrate their efforts on the services they intend to create and offer, by facilitating the handling of context information and automating design steps through model transformation. In addition, our approach enables the reuse of platform-independent models for different target platforms.
doi:10.1007/11773887_17 fatcat:k343uywyb5catnz2lvnsv7gkem

A Method for Business Model Development [chapter]

Lucas O. Meertens, Maria-Eugenia Iacob, Lambert J. M. Nieuwenhuis
2012 Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing  
Currently, business modelling is more an art, than a science, as no widely accepted method exist for the design and specification of business models. This could be an important reason why many IT innovation projects fail to be absorbed in a real life setting. We propose a structured method to create "as-is" business models in a repeatable manner. The method consists of the following steps: identify the involved roles, recognize relations among roles, specify the main activities, and quantify
more » ... ng realistic estimates of the model. The resulting business model reflects the current situation. This is the basis for further analysis of possible business cases, scenarios, and alternative innovations, which may enable successful projects to be implemented, instead of ending on a shelf after the pilot stage. We illustrate the proposed method by means of a case in the healthcare sector.
doi:10.1007/978-3-642-29788-5_7 fatcat:uoprarnktret3eyrei2jgqeme4

An Integrated Model-driven Service Engineering Environment [chapter]

João Paulo A. Almeida, Maria-Eugenia Iacob, Henk Jonkers, Marc Lankhorst, Diederik van Leeuwen
2007 Enterprise Interoperability  
The design and provisioning of ubiquitous services is a challenging task, requiring proper methodological support. This has led us to define a model-driven approach for ubiquitous service engineering. In this paper, we discuss how this model-driven approach can be supported by composing tool services in a comprehensive environment for service engineering. This environment supports various activities in the model-driven approach, spanning from the early stages of service design to the run-time
more » ... ovisioning of services. We discuss how existing (model-driven) tool services can be integrated in this environment and outline the main choices with respect to tool interoperability.
doi:10.1007/978-1-84628-714-5_8 dblp:conf/iesa/AlmeidaIJLL06 fatcat:jkxqrfpl4vekvogypzv2ar6b3e

An Evaluation Framework for Business Process Management Products [chapter]

Stefan R. Koster, Maria-Eugenia Iacob, Luís Ferreira Pires
2010 Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing  
The number of BPM products available has increased substantially in the last years, so that choosing among these products became a difficult task for potential BPM users. This paper defines a framework for evaluating BPM products, and discusses how this framework has been applied in the development of an open and objective evaluation method for these products. Our framework has been developed based on the BPM lifecycle we developed as a result of a thorough literature survey. Our method
more » ... of a set of criteria, a test case and a rating schema. The paper also discusses how we evaluated our method (and indirectly our framework) by applying it to three BPM tool suites. We show that our method allows the rigorous comparison of these products according to different criteria, so that the choice of BPM product can be tuned to the specific goals of the users of these products.
doi:10.1007/978-3-642-12186-9_42 fatcat:emndr475pfamjnagnoswzdcjue

A Health-care Application of Goal-driven Software Design

2009 Applied Medical Informatics  
In this paper we focus on goal engineering by addressing issues such as goal elicitation, specification, structuring and operationalisation. Specification of business goals is regarded as a means to raise the level of abstraction (and automation) at which business logic is incorporated in model driven software design in the context of service oriented architectures. More specifically, the proposed goal modelling approach consists of an abstract syntax (metamodel) and a concrete syntax
more » ... notation) for the specification of business goals. We also proposed a framework for the goal-driven design of service-oriented software applications. In particular, we illustrate our approach by means of a case study carried out in the healthcare sector and we explain the role business goals (operationalised in the form of business rules) can play in software design. This research also outlines a number of areas that have significant research potential.
doaj:fc5a18aa2ec24372a26a3dbafa9c59cf fatcat:a5qr7ftsv5eefexvy6dev7f2yq

A Design of the Resilient Enterprise: A Reference Architecture for Emergent Behaviors Control

Rob Bemthuis, Maria-Eugenia Iacob, Paul Havinga
2020 Sensors  
The sooner disruptive emergent behaviors are detected, the sooner preventive measures can be taken to ensure the resilience of business processes execution. Therefore, organizations need to prepare for emergent behaviors by embedding corrective control mechanisms, which help coordinate organization-wide behavior (and goals) with the behavior of local autonomous entities. Ongoing technological advances, brought by the Industry 4.0 and cyber-physical systems of systems paradigms, can support
more » ... ration within complex enterprises, such as supply chains. In this paper, we propose a reference enterprise architecture for the detection and monitoring of emergent behaviors in enterprises. We focus on addressing the need for an adequate reaction to disruptions. Based on a systematic review of the literature on the topic of current architectural designs for understanding emergent behaviors, we distill architectural requirements. Our architecture is a hybrid as it combines distributed autonomous business logic (expressed in terms of simple business rules) and some central control mechanisms. We exemplify the instantiation and use of this architecture by means of a proof-of-concept implementation, using a multimodal logistics case study. The obtained results provide a basis for achieving supply chain resilience "by design", i.e., through the design of coordination mechanisms that are well equipped to absorb and compensate for the effects of emergent disruptive behaviors.
doi:10.3390/s20226672 pmid:33233426 pmcid:PMC7700700 fatcat:uelj3p7c55f7npp7xsbbiafl34

Serious Gaming for the Strategic Planning Process

Adina Aldea, Maria-Eugenia Iacob, Jos van Hillegersberg, Dick Quartel, Henry Franken
2014 2014 IEEE 16th Conference on Business Informatics  
Serious games have been given more and more attention over the past few years. They are considered to be means of educating, motivating and changing behaviours of participants in a diverse set of domains. This paper proposes a serious game intended for learning how to deal with the strategic planning process of an organisation in a structured way. The game is based on an underlying method which combines well known strategy models in a unique way. The goal of the game is not only to familiarize
more » ... he participants with the strategy models, but also to emphasize and validate the benefits of the underlying method, such as efficiency and effectiveness, improved communication, better use of organisational resources and capabilities, improved monitoring, and a better overview on the whole strategic planning process.
doi:10.1109/cbi.2014.45 dblp:conf/wecwis/AldeaIHQF14 fatcat:okf4dqhhp5e6hc4rnj2wf7emk4

A Meta-Model Perspective on Business Models [chapter]

Berend T. Alberts, Lucas O. Meertens, Maria-Eugenia Iacob, Lambert J. M. Nieuwenhuis
2013 Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing  
The business model field of research is a young and emerging discipline that finds itself confronted with the need for a common language, lack of conceptual consolidation, and without adequate theoretical development. This not only slows down research, but also undermines business model's usefulness for research and practice. We offer a new perspective on business modelling to address these issues. It looks at business modelling from the perspective of the Meta-Object Facility, emphasising the
more » ... ole of models and meta-models. From this new perspective, a commonality analysis can identify the important classes in business modelling. This new perspective on business modelling helps to create a common language, achieve conceptual consolidation and supports theory development; it addresses issues that hinder business model research.
doi:10.1007/978-3-642-37478-4_4 fatcat:qy6igqellrf2jpr52vbjlylmoy
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