An Agent-Based Model for Cross-Enterprise Supply Chain Management
Keywords:Supply Chain Management, Workflow Management System, Cross Organization Workflow, Agent based workflow.
In order to cope with the dynamic scenario of fast changing business requirements enterprises have embraced web technologies to manage their business processes. However, the ability to integrate business processes like procurement, customer relationship management, finance, human resources and manufacturing in a typical supply chain on the web is a challenging task. Today’s virtual enterprises need to integrate different workflows within and across enterprises efficiently so as to provide seamless services. Cross-enterprise workflows can not only streamline and coordinate business processes across organizational boundaries in a dynamic Web environment but can provide low cost and flexible solution to supply chain management. In this paper, we have proposed an agent-based cross-enterprise workflow Management System (WFMS) architecture which can dynamically integrate the workflows and compose a workflow execution community customized to different workflow specifications. The model allows the process agents to update the execution plans dynamically and coordinate the functions of the participating service agents.
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