E-Alliance: a software infrastructure for concurrent inter-organizational alliances
Jean-Marc Andreoli, Olivier Boissier, Mihnea Bratu, Stefania Castellani, Karim Megzari, Ilham Alloui
In this paper we introduce ealliance, a software infrastructure we are defining
for supporting negotiation activities in concurrent inter-organisational
alliances. ealliance main intent is to preserve autonomy of organisations within
an alliance while enabling concurrency of their activities, flexibility of their
negotiations and dynamism/evolution of their environment. The IT infrastructure
we propose combines different technologies, such as software engineering
techniques, middleware-level coordination facilities and multi-agent systems
support. We present our approach in the context offered by a sample scenario
where business-to-business interactions hold among printshops grouped into an
alliance to better answer customers' demands.
In Proc. of ISPE Concurrent Engineering (CE)'02, Cranfield University, UK, 27-31 July, 2002.
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