Title: Architecture for deploying e-business: business processes, web services-business interactions manager, and information systems

Authors: Youcef Baghdadi

Addresses: Department of Computer Science, Sultan Qaboos University, P.O. Box 36, PC 123 Al-Khod, Oman

Abstract: The aim of e-business applications is to make businesses agile by supporting dynamic internal and external boundary-crossing business processes. This study defines a three-level architecture for developing e-business. The architecture includes: business processes as front-end components; a business interactions manager (BIM) as a middle component; and disparate information systems (i.e., the information systems of enterprise, partners, suppliers, and customers) as back-end components. It specifies the requirements for the implementing technology platform to adopt it to a web services-oriented architecture (WSOA). Finally, the WSOA is used as a methodology for deploying e-business through steady instantiation for each business interactions category.

Keywords: business modelling; e-business; electronic business; web architecture; business process management; business interactions manager; information systems; web services; WSOA; agile systems; business-to-business; B2B.

DOI: 10.1504/IJEB.2006.009155

International Journal of Electronic Business, 2006 Vol.4 No.1, pp.18 - 39

Published online: 07 Mar 2006 *

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