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2003 IEEE International Conference on E-Commerce Technology (CEC'03) (2003)
Newport Beach, California
June 24, 2003 to June 27, 2003
ISBN: 0-7695-1969-5
pp: 199
Qiming Chen , Commerce One Inc.
Meichun Hsu , Commerce One Inc.
Vinkesh Mehta , Commerce One Inc.
In order for enterprises to collaborate at the business-process level, they must deal with two kinds of processes: the public conversation processes specifying inter-enterprise document flows, and the private business processes specifying local workflows of document manipulation and other related tasks. The provisioning, interaction and integration of conversation management and business process management, have become the common interest of the e-business industry.<div></div> In this paper we discuss the relationship and interaction between conversation management and business process management; point out the difference between public conversation processes (e.g. BPSS processes) and peer-conversation processes (e.g. BPEL4WS processes). We then illustrate our collaborative process management system that has functionally separated conversation manager and business process manager. The conversation manager is based on the ebXML BPSS standard; it is used for validating document exchange at run-time and for activating corresponding process tasks. We have also proposed the conversation model driven asynchronous task activation mechanism for interaction between a conversation process and the coupled business process dynamically. With this mechanism, generic APIs between the conversation manager and the business process manager can be easily defined and used by multiple plugged-in conversation managers.

M. Hsu, V. Mehta and Q. Chen, "How Public Conversation Management Integrated with Local Business Process Management," 2003 IEEE International Conference on E-Commerce Technology (CEC'03)(CEC), Newport Beach, California, 2003, pp. 199.
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