CrossFlow: integrating workflow management and electronic commerce

Y. Hoffner, H. Ludwig, P.W.P.J. Grefen, K. Aberer

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Abstract

The CrossFlow architecture provides support for cross-organisational workflow management in dynamically 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 dynamic when augmented by virtual market technology, the dynamic configuration of the contract enactment 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 the dynamically established contract. Thus, a further aspect of CrossFlow was to exploit the contract in the dynamic and automatic configuration of the contract enactment and supervision infrastructures of the respective organisations and in linking them in a dynamic fashion. The electronic contract, which results from the agreement between the newly established business partners, completely specifies the intended collaboration between them. This includes fine-grained monitoring and control to allow tight co-operation between the organisations.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-10
JournalACM SIGecom Exchanges
Volume2
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2001

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