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CrossFlow: Integrating Workflow Management and Electronic Commerce

Summary: CrossFlow: Integrating Workflow Management
and Electronic Commerce
Y. Hoffner, H. Ludwig , P. Grefen and K. Aberer
IBM Zurich Research Laboratory Computer Science Department Distributed Information Systems Laboratory
Switzerland University of Twente, EPFL-DSC, CH-1015 Lausanne
The Netherlands Switzerland
{yho,hlu}@zurich.ibm.com grefen@cs.utwente.nl karl.aberer@epfl.ch
The CrossFlow1
architecture provides support for cross-organisational workflow management in dy-
namically established virtual enterprises. The creation of a business relationship between a service
provider organisation performing a service on behalf of a consumer organisation can be made dy-
namic when augmented by virtual market technology, the dynamic configuration of the contract en-
actment infrastructures, and the provision of fine grained service monitoring and control.
Standard ways of describing services and contracts can be combined with matchmaking technology
to create a virtual market for such service provision and consumption. A provider can then advertise
its services in the market and consumers can search for a compatible business partner. This provides
choice in selecting a partner and allows the deferment of the decision to a point in time where it can
be made on the most up-to-date requirements of the consumer and service offers in the market. The
penalty for deferred decision making is the time to set up the infrastructure in each organisation for


Source: Aberer, Karl - Faculté Informatique et Communications, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne


Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences