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Unformatted text preview: Inter-Enterprise Collaborative Business Process Manage m e nt Qim ing Ch en, Meich un H su Softw are Te ch nology Laboratory H P Laboratorie s Palo Alto H PL-2000-107 August 17 th , 2000* E-m ail : qch en@h pl .h p.com coope rative proce ss m anage m e n t Conventional w ork flow syste m s are prim aril y designed for intra-enterprise process m anage m e n t, and th e y are h ardl y used to h andl e processes w ith task s and data se parated by ente rprise boundaries, for re asons such as security, privacy, sh arabil ity, fire w all s, e tc. Furth e r th e coope ration of m ultipl e ente rprises is often based on pe e r-to-pe e r inte ractions rath e r th an central ized coordination. As a result, th e conventional central ized process m anage m e n t arch ite cture does not fit into th e picture of inte r-ente rprise business-to-business E-Com m e rce . W e h ave deve loped a Collaborative Process Manager (CPM) to support de central ized, pe e r-to-pe e r process m anage m e n t for inter-enterprise coll aboration at th e business process l e ve l . A coll aborative process is not h andl ed by a central ized w ork flow e n gine, but by m ultipl e CPMs, e ach re presents a player in th e business process. Each CPM is used to sch edul e , dispatch and control th e task s of th e process th at th e pl aye r is responsibl e for, and th e CPMs inte rope rate th rough an inte r-CPM m e ssaging protocol . An XML based Collaborative Process Definition Language , CPDL, e xtending th e process definition l anguage (PDL), is de ve loped for spe cifying coll aborative business processes. W e h ave im pl e m e n ted CPM and em bedded it into a dynam ic softw are agent arch ite cture , E-Carry, th at w e de ve loped at H P Labs, to e l e vate m ulti-agent coope ration from th e conve rsation l e ve l to th e process l e ve l for m e diating E-Com m e rce appl ications. W e h ave al so inte grated E-Carry w ith E-Spe ak , an inte r-ente rprise com m unication infrastructure product de ve loped at H P. In general , our approach re presents a sh ift from central ized process m anage m e n t to de central ized, coll aborative process m anage m e n t. W e bel ie ve th at CPMs w ill be th e basic buil ding block s for a scal abl e , dynam ic, inte r-ente rprise m iddl e w are fram e w ork . Th e fe asibil ity and practical val ue of th is approach h ave been dem onstrated by th e prototypes im pl e m e n ted at H P Labs. Inter-Enterprise Collaborative Business Process Management Qiming Chen and Meichun Hsu HP Labs Hewlett Packard Co. 1501 Page Mill Road, MS 1U4 Palo Alto, California, CA 94303, USA +1-650-857-3060 email@example.com Abstract Conventional workflow systems are primarily designed for intra-enterprise process management, and they are hardly used to handle processes with tasks and data separated by enterprise boundaries, for reasons such as security, privacy, sharability, firewalls, etc. Further the cooperation of multiple enterprises is often based on peer-to-peer interactions rather than centralized coordination. As a result, theenterprises is often based on peer-to-peer interactions rather than centralized coordination....
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