Informatisches Kolloquium van der Aalst: Interorganizational Workflows
Donnerstag, 8.7.99, 16 Uhr c.t.
Gebäude C, Raum 221
Prof. Wil van der Aalst
Department of Mathematics and Computing Science of Eindhoven University of Technology
|Inheritance of Interorganizational Workflows to Enable Business-to Business E-commerce
The Internets World Wide Web has become a crucial medium for electronic commerce. Many companies
are now involved in on-line retailing of goods and services to consumers through the Web. In some
other industries, business partnerships are being fostered in order to broaden the scope of their
markets. One such industry is the telecommunications industry, where changes in business
structure, spirited by deregulation, have resulted in alliances amongst different communications
providers as well as some new players in the industry like the utilities and entertainment
providers. Supporting these partnerships involve lots of business-to-business transactions which
can now be conducted on the Internet.
Technologies like workflow systems can be used to co-ordinate business processes and transactions across multiple co-operating entities. In designing such inter-organisational workflow processes, care must be taken to allow all participating business partners to remain autonomous with respect to management of their business process. However, current approaches for designing such workflow processes sacrifice this autonomy.
In this talk, an approach for designing inter-organisational workflows is presented that, on one hand allows full co-operation and collaboration of business partners towards the completion of a business process, while on the other hand allows business partners to preserve their autonomy. The approach is based on Petri nets and uses inheritance preserving tranformation rules.
Prof. Dr. Rüdiger Valk
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