Web Services Support for Dynamic Business Process Outsourcing

P.W.P.J. Grefen, Heiko Ludwig, Asit Dan, S.A. Angelov

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    Abstract

    Outsourcing of business processes is crucial for organizations to be effective, efficient and flexible. To meet fast-changing market conditions, dynamic outsourcing is required, in which business relationships are established and enacted on-the-fly in an adaptive, fine-grained way unrestricted by geographic distance. This requires automated means for both the establishment of outsourcing relationships and for the enactment of services performed in these relationships over electronic channels. Due to wide industry support and the underlying model of loose coupling of services, Web services increasingly become the mechanism of choice to connect organizations across organizational boundaries. This paper analyzes to which extent Web services support the dynamic process outsourcing paradigm. We discuss contract -based dynamic business process outsourcing to define requirements and then introduce the Web services framework. Based on this, we investigate the match between the two. We observe that the Web services framework requires further support for cross - organizational business processes and mechanisms for contracting, QoS management and process-based transaction support and suggest ways to fill those gaps.
    Original languageUndefined
    Place of PublicationZwitserland
    PublisherIBM Research Division
    Publication statusPublished - 20 Feb 2003

    Publication series

    NameIBM Research Report
    PublisherIBM Research Division
    No.RC22728

    Keywords

    • EWI-10504
    • IR-64198
    • METIS-215968
    • SCS-Services

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