19 Pages Posted: 6 Jan 2003
Date Written: February 2002
This paper examines the opportunities and challenges related to data and process integration architectures in the context of Web Services. A primary goal of most enterprises in today's economic environment is to improve productivity by streamlining and aggregating business processes. This paper illustrates how integration architectures based on Web Services offer new opportunities to improve productivity that are expedient and economical. First, the paper introduces the technical standards associated with Web Services and provides business example for illustration. Abstracting from this example, we introduce a concept we call Process Aggregation that incorporates data aggregation and workflow to improve productivity. We show that Web Services will have a major impact on Process Aggregation, making it both faster and less expensive to implement. Finally, we suggest some research directions relating to the Process Aggregation challenges facing Web Services that are not currently being addressed by standards bodies or software vendors. These include context mediation, trusted intermediaries, quality and source selection, licensing and payment mechanisms, and systems development tools.
Keywords: Process Aggregation, Web Services, Data Aggregation, Streamlining, Business Process
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Hansen, Mark D. and Madnick, Stuart and Siegel, Michael, Process Aggregation using Web Services (WSeBT) (February 2002). MIT Sloan Working Paper No. 4395-02. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=365000 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.365000