Developing a Collaborative Supply Chain Management Platform: A Service-Oriented Approach

Developing a Collaborative Supply Chain Management Platform: A Service-Oriented Approach

Yves Wautelet (Hogeschool-Universiteit Brussel, Belgium), Youssef Achbany (Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium), Jean-Charles Lange (Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium) and Vi Tran (Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61520-605-6.ch011
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Service-oriented computing is becoming increasingly popular. It allows designing flexible and adaptable software systems that can be easily adopted on demand by software customers. Those benefits are from primary importance in the context of supply chain management; that is why this paper proposes to apply ProDAOSS, a process for developing adaptable and open service systems to an industrial case study in outbound logistics. ProDAOSS is conceived as a plug-in for I-Tropos - a broader development methodology - so that it covers the whole software development life cycle. At analysis level, flexible business processes are generically modelled with different complementary views. First of all, an aggregate services view of the whole applicative package is offered; then services are split using an agent ontology - through the i* framework - to represent it as an organization of agents. A dynamic view completes the documentation by offering the service realization paths. At design stage, the service center architecture proposes a reference architectural pattern for services realization in an adaptable and open manner. The paper finally presents the implemented platform for a particular service – manage transport – so that the reader can realize how the developments have been achieved.
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2. State Of The Art

This section envisages actor collaboration and the services approach in supply chain management, it also browses the work related to the one developed in this chapter.

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