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E-Supply Chain Orchestration Using Web Service Technologies: A Case Using BPEL4WS

E-Supply Chain Orchestration Using Web Service Technologies: A Case Using BPEL4WS
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Author(s): Simon Samwel Msanjila (University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands), Tamrat Tewoldeberhan (Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands), Wieke Bockstael-Blok (Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands), Marijn Janssen (Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands)and Alexander Verbraeck (Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands)
Copyright: 2005
Pages: 4
Source title: Managing Modern Organizations Through Information Technology
Source Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, D.B.A. (Information Resources Management Association, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-822-2.ch068
ISBN13: 9781616921293
EISBN13: 9781466665354


The world today is witnessing a growing interest in conducting supply chain business processes electronically. Different supporting technologies are emerging, and many are already available on the market.. The adoption of these technologies is hampered by the fact that organizations demand that their data and inner business processes remain hidden. Recent research and innovations have shown that Service Oriented Architectures (SOA) and Web Services can address the major issues encountered in complex supply chains. One of the largely unsolved issues is the orchestration of the variety of Web Services in the supply chain. This paper presents an investigation on orchestration of supply chain business processes using the Business Process Execution Language (BPEL). A fictitious but realistic case study was used to demonstrate and test the orchestration of an end-to-end supply chain though BPEL for Web Services (BPEL4WS).

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