Establishing virtual enterprises by means of mobile agents

Panos K. Chrysanthis, Taieb Znati, Sujata Banerjee, Shi Kuo Chang

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Electronic Commerce is expanding from the simple notion of Electronic Store to the notion of Virtual Enterprises (VE) where existing enterprises dynamically form temporary alliances, joining their business in order to share their costs, skills and resources in supporting certain activities. Two fundamental problems in VE are (1) how a VE is established and (2) how information is shared among the VE participants in a control and efficient manner. Currently, existing enterprises are using workflows to automate their operation integrating their information systems and human resources. Thus, in this paper, we view the establishment of a VE as a problem of dynamically expanding and integrating workflows in decentralized, autonomous and interacting workflow management systems. Its focus is on the idea of mobile agents called adlets and their use in establishing VEs that involves advertising, negotiating and exchanging control information and data as well as its management.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 1999
Externally publishedYes
EventProceedings of the 1999 9th International Workshop on Research Issues in Data Engineering, RIDE-VE - Sydney, Aust
Duration: Mar 23 1999Mar 24 1999


ConferenceProceedings of the 1999 9th International Workshop on Research Issues in Data Engineering, RIDE-VE
CitySydney, Aust

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Engineering (miscellaneous)
  • Hardware and Architecture


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