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Decentralised Coordination of Web Services for B2B Integration

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Simon Woodman, Douglas Palmer, Emeritus Professor Santosh Shrivastava, Dr Stuart Wheater


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Web Services technology is becoming the de-facto standard for integration of legacy applicationswithin an organisation and for cross organisation enterprise application integration. Much work has gone into specifying Web Services functionality using workflow like techniques and production of software to enact such descriptions. However, most of this software relies on one central server to enact the workflow. Centralised enactment may be unattractive in inter-organisational settings and in addition, form a performance bottleneck when the server is under high load. In this paper we outline the DECS task model for workflow specification and present a prototype implementation of a distributed enactment engine based on J2EE middleware. There is a separation of concerns between the specification of the workflow and its enactment, allowing it to be deployed in a number of configurations based on performance considerations and organisational requirements. We also describe how the workflow engine promotes message based integration, simplifying the problem of application integration across organisational boundaries.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Woodman SJ, Palmer D, Shrivastava SK, Wheater SM

Editor(s): Tosic, V., van Moorsel, A. and Wong, R.

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: Proceedings of Middleware for Web Services (MWS) 2005 Workshop held at EDOC 2005 Conference

Year of Conference: 2005

Pages: 24-31

Publisher: IEEE