An agent-based Web service workflow model for inter-enterprise collaboration

Shuying Wang, Weiming Shen, Qi Hao
2006 Expert systems with applications  
The service-orientated computing paradigm is transforming traditional workflow management from a close and centralized control system into a worldwide dynamic business process. A complete workflow serving inter-enterprise collaboration should include both internal processes and ad hoc external processes. This paper presents an agent-based workflow model to address this challenge. In the proposed model, agent-based technology provides the workflow coordination at both inter-and intra-enterprise
more » ... evels while Web service-based technology provides infrastructures for messaging, service description and workflow enactment. A proof-of-concept prototype system simulating the order entry, partner search and selection, and contracting in a virtual enterprise creation scenario is implemented to demonstrate the dynamic workflow definition and execution for inter-enterprise collaboration. Crown
doi:10.1016/j.eswa.2006.01.011 fatcat:rtc32i5xrrcaph2qugcznmh2y4