Book Chapter

Collaboration Based on Web Services

Giorgio Bruno, Marcello La Rosa

Encyclopedia of Networked and Virtual Organizations | IGI Global | Published : 2008

Abstract

Web services are software components designed to support interoperable machine-to-machine interactions over a network, through the exchange of SOAP messages. Since the underlying technology is independent of any specific programming language, Web services can be effectively used to interconnect business processes across different organizations. However, a standard way of representing such interconnections has not yet emerged and is the subject of an ongoing debate. In this area, the term collaboration has often been used to denote a situation in which two or more business processes (participants) cooperate by means of Web services, so as to achieve a common goal. In particular, when only two..

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