International Journal of Information Technology and Computer Science(IJITCS)
ISSN: 2074-9007 (Print), ISSN: 2074-9015 (Online)
Published By: MECS Press
IJITCS Vol.6, No.4, Mar. 2014
Service Based Cooperation Patterns to Support Flexible Inter-Organizational Workflows
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Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) is a paradigm that provides important advantages like interoperability, reusability and flexibility, particularly beneficial for B2B applications. In the current paper, we consider specific architectures of inter-organizational workflows (IOWF) fairly widespread in the B2B area and implementing different cooperation schemas. Our aim is to propose new generic IOWF-architectures by using the SOA paradigm in order to obtain IOWF models flexible enough to ease their adaptation, evolution and reuse. For that, we introduce the concept of Service-Based Cooperation Pattern (SBCP) that supports the definition of IOWF models based on services. A SBCP is defined by three main dimensions: the distribution of services, the control of execution and the structure of interaction between services. Also, we define a concept of composite cooperation pattern based on the combination of elementary patterns. We illustrate our approach by a general description of our cooperation framework called “S-IOFLOW” that supports the implementation of IOWF models obeying to the described SBCP. Three main points characterize our approach: (i) the use of a pattern-based approach; (ii) the definition of composite patterns by reusing elementary ones and (iii) the support of several cooperation schemas with different types of control.
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Saida Boukhedouma, Mourad Oussalah, Zaia Alimazighi, Dalila Tamzalit,"Service Based Cooperation Patterns to Support Flexible Inter-Organizational Workflows", International Journal of Information Technology and Computer Science(IJITCS), vol.6, no.4, pp.1-18, 2014. DOI: 10.5815/ijitcs.2014.04.01
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