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Agent and Web Service Technologies in Virtual Enterprises

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"Research on new technologies for the virtual enterprise operation has opened up new ideas on the design principles and operation approaches in order to maximize benefits and overcome limitations encountered.

Agent and Web Service Technologies in Virtual Enterprises provides a comprehensive review of the most recent advances in agent and Web service technologies, integrating the most recent contributions supporting formation, integration, collaboration, and operation in virtual enterprises. This Premier Reference Source enables libraries to provide researchers with a deep and thorough understanding of the benefits and issues surrounding agents and Web service technologies, and practical insights from examples of applications of these technologies throughout various aspects of the virtual enterprise life cycle."

Table of Contents

  1. Copyright
  2. Foreword
  3. Preface
  4. Acknowledgment
  5. Agents and Web Services Overview
    1. Software Agent Technology: An Overview
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. BACKGROUND
      4. A BRIEF OVERVIEW OF SOFTWARE AGENT TECHNOLOGY
      5. AGENTS IN VIRTUAL ENTERPRISES (VES)
      6. FUTURE TRENDS
      7. CONCLUSION
      8. REFERENCES
    2. Web Services Technology: An Overview
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. SERVICE-ORIENTED ARCHITECTURE (SOA)
      4. WEB SERVICES
      5. REALIZING SOA WITH WEB SERVICES
      6. CONCLUSION
      7. REFERENCES
  6. Virtual Enterprise Formation
    1. Virtual Enterprise Formation Supported by Agents and Web Services
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. BACKGROUND
      4. MODEL OF A VIRTUAL ENTERPRISE
      5. VIRTUAL ENTERPRISE FORMATION
      6. IMPLEMENTATION
      7. VALIDATION USING CASE STUDIES
      8. FUTURE TRENDS
      9. CONCLUSION
      10. REFERENCES
  7. Virtual Enterprise Integration
    1. Adaptive Service Choreography Support in Virtual Enterprises
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. THE BACKGROUND
      4. BUSINESS PROTOCOL SUPPORT ISSUES
      5. SUGGESTED APPROACH
      6. CONCLUSION
      7. REFERENCES
    2. Technologies to Support the Market of Resources as an Infrastructure for Agile/Virtual Enterprise Integration
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. REQUIREMENTS FOR VIRTUAL ENTERPRISE INTEGRATION
      4. MARKET OF RESOURCES: AN ENVIRONMENT FOR VIRTUAL ENTERPRISE INTEGRATION
      5. TECHNOLOGIES TO SUPPORT THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE MARKET OF RESOURCES
      6. INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY ARCHITECTURE AND THE MARKET OF RESOURCES
      7. AN IMPLEMENTATION
      8. CONCLUSION
      9. REFERENCES
      10. ENDNOTES
    3. The Utilization of Semantic Web for Integrating Enterprise Systems
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. UTILIZING SEMANTIC WEB FOR ENTERPRISE APPLICATION INTEGRATION
      4. SHARING INFORMATION USING OWL ONTOLOGIES: THE ONAR METHODOLOGY
      5. APPLICATION INTEGRATION BASED ON SEMANTIC WEB SERVICES
      6. CONCLUSION AND FURTHER WORK
      7. REFERENCES
    4. A Recommender Agent to Support Knowledge Sharing in Virtual Enterprises
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. THE SCOPE OF THIS WORK
      4. KARE: KNOWLEDGEABLE AGENT FOR RECOMMENDATIONS
      5. RECOMMENDATION ALGORITHM DESCRIPTION AND EVALUATION
      6. PROTOYPES
      7. RELATED WORK
      8. CONCLUSION AND FUTURE WORK
      9. REFERENCES
    5. Framework of Agent-Based Intelligent System for Distributed Virtual Enterprise Project Control
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. ISSUES OF DISTRIBUTED PROJECT CONTROL AND VIRTUAL ENTERPRISE
      4. FRAMEWORK OF AGENT-BASED INTELLIGENT SYSTEM FOR DISTRIBUTED VIRTUAL ENTERPRISE PROJECT SCHEDULING CONTROL
      5. IMPLEMENTATION AND VALIDATION
      6. CONCLUSION
      7. REFERENCES
    6. Sharing Views, Information, and Cross-Enterprise Culture in the Corporate Situation Room
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. ARCHITECTURE COMPONENTS
      4. THE RUN-TIME ENVIRONMENT
      5. CONCLUSION
      6. REFERENCES
    7. Multi-Agent Systems Integration in Enterprise Environments Using Web Services
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. SOLUTION OVERVIEW
      4. APPLICATIONS
      5. CONCLUSION
      6. REFERENCES
    8. Web Service Discovery and Composition for Virtual Enterprises
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. BASICS AND RELATED WORK
      4. SOLUTION
      5. SUMMARY AND OUTLOOK
      6. ACKNOWLEDGMENT
      7. REFERENCES
    9. Achieving Agile Enterprise Through Integrated Process Management: From Planning to Work Execution
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. ENTERPRISE REPOSITORY OF BUSINESS PROCESSES
      4. MULTIPLE USERS, VARYING NEEDS
      5. STRATEGIC, LONG-TERM USE
      6. RESPONSIBLE INNOVATION
      7. EXPLOITING CURRENT INFORMATION
      8. USABILITY AND ACCEPTANCE
      9. PROCESS MANAGEMENT
      10. BUSINESS PROCESS MODELING
      11. SIMULATION AND ANALYSIS
      12. WORKFLOW TEMPLATE DESIGNER
      13. PROJECT MANAGEMENT
      14. WORKFLOW MANAGEMENT
      15. BENEFITS OF INTEGRATED PROCESS MANAGEMENT
      16. INTEGRATED PROCESS MANAGEMENT ARCHITECTURE
      17. WORKFLOW GENERATION
      18. HIERARCHICAL TASK THAT HAS NOT BEEN DESIGNED BEFORE
      19. PROCESS COMPONENT-HIERARCHICAL TASK HAS BEEN DESIGNED BEFORE
      20. CONCLUSION
      21. REFERENCES
  8. Virtual Enterprise Operation
    1. Agents and Multi-Agent Systems in Supply Chain Management: An Overview
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. SCM PROBLEMS
      4. MAS AS A SOLUTION
      5. STATE-OF-THE-ART
      6. CONCLUSION
      7. REFERENCES
    2. A Conceptual Framework for Business Process Modeling in Virtual Organizations
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. WEB SERVICES AND BUSINESS PROCESSES
      4. A CONCEPTUAL FRAMEWORK FOR BUSINESS PROCESS MODELING
      5. CONCLUSION
      6. REFERENCES
    3. Towards a Virtual Enterprise Architecture for the Environmental Sector
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. ENVIRONMENTAL INFORMATION AND CHALLENGES
      4. VIRTUAL ENTERPRISES FOR ENVIRONMENTAL INFORMATION
      5. A FUNCTIONAL VIRTUAL ENTERPRISE FRAMEWORK ARCHITECTURE
      6. DISCUSSION
      7. REFERENCES
    4. Using VO Concept for Managing Dynamic Security Associations
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. USE CASE FOR THE VIRTUAL ORGANIZATION
      4. VIRTUAL ORGANIZATIONS IN GRID APPLICATIONS: CURRENT PRACTICE
      5. CONCEPTUAL VO MODEL
      6. CONCLUSION AND SUMMARY
      7. REFERENCES
    5. Interoperability Middleware for Federated Business Services in Web-Pilarcos
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. MANAGEMENT OF eCOMMUNITIES AND INTEROPERABILITY
      4. THE WEB-PILARCOS B2B MIDDLEWARE ARCHITECTURE
      5. INTEROPERABILITY KNOWLEDGE IN THE GLOBAL MIDDLEWARE
      6. VERIFICATION AND OBSERVATION OF INTEROPERABILITY
      7. RELATED WORK
      8. CONCLUSION
      9. ACKNOWLEDGMENT
      10. REFERENCES
    6. Web-Based Template-Driven Communication Support Systems: Using Shadow netWorkspace to Support Trust Development in Virtual Teams
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. TRUST IN VIRTUAL TEAMS
      4. TRUST TEMPLATES
      5. SHADOW NETWORKSPACE (SNS)
      6. CREATION OF THE TEMPLATE-DRIVEN SYSTEM ENVIRONMENT
      7. THREE EXPERIMENTAL STUDIES
      8. FUTURE DIRECTIONS
      9. REFERENCES
    7. Web Service Design Concepts and Structures for Support of Highly Interconnected E-Health Infrastructures: A Bottom-Up Approach
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. POSITIONING OF THE SYSTEM AND THE APPROACH
      4. SETTING THE STAGE FOR THE VE BUSINESS DESCRIPTION
      5. CONCLUSION
      6. ACKNOWLEDGMENT
      7. REFERENCES
  9. Compilation of References
  10. About the Contributors
  11. Index