R. Richardson, A. Boran, T. Vitvar, P. Kotinurmi, D. Lewis, J. Keeney, D. O'Sullivan, ‘Adaptive architectures to support highly configurable value chains’ in proceedings of the Workshop on Applying Service Oriented Architectures to Adaptive Information Systems (SOA-AIS) in conjunction with the International Conference on Adaptive Hypermedia and Adaptive Web-Based Systems, Dublin, Ireland, June 2006
Existing Business-to-Business (B2B) infrastructure is primarily
focussed on the secure, reliable, and scaleable transfer of information
between business partners. The time and effort taken to establish these
B2B connections has meant that the resulting business relationships tend
to be long-term and rigid in nature. More recently, however, the
configurability of the value chain connecting business partners has been
seen as a key to competitiveness. There is increasing pressure to establish
more transient ad-hoc relationships whereby dynamic decisions can be
made to, for instance, exchange one partner with a more competitive
alternative. This dynamic business model introduces considerable
complexity both in the need to deal with heterogeneous partner interfaces
and the need to support dynamic decision-making. In this paper we
explore how semantic web service technology can be combined with
policy-based management to infuse adaptivity into existing B2B
infrastructure. This adaptivity enables organisations to effectively deal
with the increasing levels of heterogeneity and change expected with next
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