Authors: Daniel Lubke, Tim Luecke, Kurt Schneider, Jorge Marx Gomez
Addresses: Department of Applied Computer Science, University of Hannover, Hannover, Germany. ' Department of Applied Computer Science, University of Hannover, Hannover, Germany. ' Department of Applied Computer Science, University of Hannover, Hannover, Germany. ' Department of Computer Science, University of Oldenburg, Oldenburg, Germany
Abstract: Web services provide a functionality over networks. Most beneficial is their use if many web services are composed in order to develop an application. Due to their nature, web services can be used to support businesses if their composition matches the underlying business processes. However, the activities related to composition as well as design of a corresponding user interface are still time consuming. This is especially true in Small and Medium sized Enterprises (SMEs) due to their available resources. Therefore, we propose a light-eight concept for model-driven composition by attaching additional attributes to Event-driven Process Chains (EPCs) only. This allows modelling to model the web service composition as well as the user interaction. In this context, model-driven means that developers create models instead of source code. These models are then used to generate executable code. In contrast to established approaches, complete applications can be modelled with less effort. Therefore, even SMEs who cannot invest heavily into information technology can profit from the advantages of web service technology.
Keywords: SOA; service-oriented architecture; ERP; enterprise resource planning; EPCs; event-driven process chains; user interface generation; web services; small and medium-sized enterprises; SMEs; modelling; web service composition; user interaction; business processes.
International Journal of Business Process Integration and Management, 2008 Vol.3 No.2, pp.109 - 117
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