Towards Adaptive Workflow Enactment Using Multiagent Systems
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Information Technology and Management, ISSN: 1385-951X, Vol: 6, Issue: 1, Page: 61-87
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- Computer Science; Social Sciences; Business, Management and Accounting; Web services; software composition; workflow management systems; multiagent systems; Computer and Systems Architecture; Computer Engineering; Engineering
Advances in Information Technology have created opportunities for business enterprises to redesign their information and process management systems. The redesigned systems will likely employ some form of workflow management system. Workflow management systems exactly enact business processes described in a process description language. Unfortunately, such strict adherence to the prescribed workflow makes it impossible for the system to adapt to unforeseen circumstances. We firmly believe that the historic trajectory of software development paradigms and IT advancements will establish multiagent systems as the workflow enactment mechanism of the future. In this paper we provide a critical survey of workflow, workflow description languages, web services and agent technologies. We propose that workflow description languages and their associated design tools can be used to specify a multiagent system. Specifically, we advance the idea that the Business Process Execution Language for Web Services (BPEL4WS) can be used as a specification language for expressing the initial social order of the multiagent system, which can then intelligently adapt to changing environmental conditions. © 2005 Springer Science + Business Media, Inc.