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A Service Oriented and Agent-Based Architecture for the e-Collaboration of SMEs

  • Ioannis Ignatiadis
  • Dimitrios Tektonidis
  • Adomas Svirskas
  • Jonathan Briggs
  • Stamatia-Ann Katriou
  • Adamantios Koumpis
Part of the IFIP – The International Federation for Information Processing book series (IFIPAICT, volume 286)

Abstract

The concept of a Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) to flexibly address business needs with the use of Information Technology (IT) is increasingly being recognized as important for a company’s agility and responsiveness to change. A SOA approach can also help to design more agile web portals, in order to enable companies to increase their responsiveness and adaptability with regards to addressing a business opportunity as a collaborative Virtual Organization (VO). Value can be added to the operations of such a VO with the use of Intelligent Agents to automate the processes of finding collaboration partners and negotiating the creation of VOs based on user-defined business rules. This paper discusses these concepts and their benefits for Virtual Organizations based on the work of a European Union (EU) co-funded Information Society Technologies (IST) project examining these issues for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in the European Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) industry.

Keywords

European Union Intelligent Agent Virtual Organiza Virtual Enterprise Enterprise Resource Plan 
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© International Federation for Information Processing 2008

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ioannis Ignatiadis
    • 1
  • Dimitrios Tektonidis
    • 2
  • Adomas Svirskas
    • 1
    • 3
  • Jonathan Briggs
    • 1
  • Stamatia-Ann Katriou
    • 2
  • Adamantios Koumpis
    • 2
  1. 1.Faculty of Computing, Information Systems and MathematicsKingston UniversityUK
  2. 2.ALTEC S.A. Research Programs DivisionThessalonikiGreece
  3. 3.Institut EurécomSophia-AntipolisFrance

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