Information Technology Infrastructure and Solutions

Information Technology Infrastructure and Solutions

Maria M. Cunha (Polytechnic Institute of Cavado and Ave, Portugal), Goran D. Putnik (University of Minho, Portugal) and Joaquim Silva (Polytechnic Institute of Cavado and Ave, Portugal)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-405-7.ch018
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Abstract

Agile and virtual enterprise (A/VE) is a leading organisational model characterized by a high flexibility and a fast reconfigurability or adaptability of the networked structure to face the dynamically changing market. A Market of Resources is a tool proposed in the BM_virtual enterprise architecture reference model (BM_VEARM) as an appropriate environment to accomplish the intrinsic requirements of the A/VE model, by supporting the creation, dynamic integration, and operation of A/VEs. The Market of Resources is an electronic and virtual market matching the offer and demand of resources providers, the basic elements that will integrate the A/VE. The existing e-marketplaces support a wide range of features required by the Market of Resources. Given the available software development platforms based on the existing technology and standards that support the e-marketplaces, we discuss in this chapter the feasibility the Market of Resources and its implementation using those software platforms.

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