Matchmaking for Business Processes Based on Choreographics

Matchmaking for Business Processes Based on Choreographics

Andreas Wombacher (Integrated Publication & Info. Systems Institute, Germany), Peter Fankhauser (Integrated Publication & Info. Systems Institute, Germany), Bendick Mahleko (Integrated Publication & Info. Systems Institute, Germany) and Erich Neuhold (Integrated Publication & Info. Systems Institute, Germany)
Copyright: © 2004 |Pages: 19
DOI: 10.4018/jwsr.2004100102
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Abstract

Web services have a potential to enhance B2B e-commerce over the Internet by allowing companies and organizations to publish their business processes on service directories where potential trading partners can find them. This can give rise to new business paradigms based on ad-hoc trading relations as companies, particularly small to medium scale, can cheaply and flexibly enter into fruitful contracts, for example through subcontracting from big companies by simply publishing their business processes and the services they offer. More business process support by the Web service infrastructure is however needed before such a paradigm change can materialize. A service for searching and matchmaking of business processes does not yet exist in the current infrastructure. We believe that such a service is needed and will enable companies and organizations to be able to establish ad-hoc business relations without relying on manually negotiated interorganizational workflows. This article gives a formal semantics to business process matchmaking based on finite state automata extended by logical expressions associated to states.

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