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Supporting Virtual Enterprise Systems Using Agent Coordination

Abstract : Open environments like the Internet or corporate intranets enable a large number of interested enterprises to access, filter, process, and present information on an as-needed basis. These environments support modern applications, such as virtual enterprises and inter-organizational workflow management systems, which involve a number of heterogeneous resources, services, and processes. However, any execution of a virtual enterprise system would yield to disjoining and error-prone behavior without appropriate techniques to coordinate the various business processes. This paper reports on the design and implementation of a flexible agent-based framework for supporting the coordination of virtual enterprises and workflow management systems. The paper also shows how an agent coordination infrastructure, which is explained by social constraints, can impact on the engineering of highly dynamic virtual enterprises and workflow management systems by presenting a simple case study.
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Nacereddine Zarour, Mahmoud Boufaida, Lionel Seinturier, Pascal Estraillier. Supporting Virtual Enterprise Systems Using Agent Coordination. Knowledge and Information Systems (KAIS), Springer, 2005, 8, pp.330-349. ⟨10.1007/s10115-004-0183-4⟩. ⟨inria-00485957⟩



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