Component Framework Supporting Agent-Based Electronic Data Interchange

Component Framework Supporting Agent-Based Electronic Data Interchange

Klement J. Fellner (Otto-von-Guericke-University Magdeburg, Germany) and Klaus Turowski (Otto-von-Guericke-University Magdeburg, Germany)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-930708-01-3.ch014
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In this chapter, we present an approach to a component (application) framework supporting agent-based intercompany communication and coordination. By using the extensible markup language (XML) as an important cross-section technique, together with common business communication standards, we show how the border of heterogeneous (distributed) application systems can be overcome. With this, a business communication protocol is set up. Taking this protocol as a basis, we further present a component framework, which is implemented using the JavaBeans technology to support an efficient intercompany communication. In addition, we show how this approach may further develop to a means for intercompany coordination. Thus, we come to multi-agent systems that support innovative business strategies in e-commerce settings, which rely on automatic coordination of complex business transaction within virtual enterprises.

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