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DISCOBOLE: A Service Architecture for Interconnecting Workflow Processes

Karim Baïna 1 Khalid Benali 2 Claude Godart 2
2 ECOO - Environment for cooperation
INRIA Lorraine, LORIA - Laboratoire Lorrain de Recherche en Informatique et ses Applications
Abstract : Process interconnection mechanisms are necessary to co-ordinate geographically distributed business processes in order to strength awareness inside virtual enterprises, to facilitate multinational e-transactions, etc. Actually, existing business process modelling and enactment systems (workflow systems, project management tools, shared agendas, to do lists, etc.) have been mainly developed to suit enterprise internal needs. Thus, most of these systems are not adapted to inter-enterprise co-operation. As we are interested in workflow processes, we aim, through this paper, to present a model supporting dynamic heterogeneous workflow process interconnection. We consider the interconnection of enterprise workflow processes as the management of a “workflow of workflows” in which several heterogeneous workflow systems coexist. This paper introduces our process interconnection model, its implementation, and its validation through experimentation.
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Karim Baïna, Khalid Benali, Claude Godart. DISCOBOLE: A Service Architecture for Interconnecting Workflow Processes. Computers in Industry, Elsevier, 2006, Special issue : Collaborative Environments for Collaborative engineering, 57 (8-9), pp.768-777. ⟨10.1016/j.compind.2006.04.018⟩. ⟨inria-00105950⟩



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