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Conference Proceedings

Copy reference link   DOI: 10.1109/ICWS.2009.44

Abstract: A fundamental principle of service oriented architectures is the decoupling of service requesters and service providers to enable late binding of services at deployment time or even dynamic binding of services at runtime.This is important in enterprise settings, where different services that implement business functions in critical business processes are dynamically chosen based on availability or price. The same problem also applies to dynamic Grid environments where resources need to be dynamically chosen based on availability and other non-functional properties. The WS-Policy framework describes how policies for both providers and requesters are specified to allow the selection of services based on these policies. Existing approaches, using WS-Policy,have drawbacks by placing the burden of the service selection partially on the client. In this paper we present an extended enterprise service bus that allows service clients to submit policies to which service providers need to comply with together in one message with the service invocation request. We show how these policies are evaluated in the bus and how policies are defined for not only stateless services, but also stateful resources.

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Copy reference link   DOI: 10.1109/ICIW.2009.79

Abstract: The performance of applications is influenced by the way its operations are grouped into global transactions. This in turn influences the performance of business processes which utilize these applications as implementations of process activities/steps. Stratified transactions, as produced by the stratification approach presented in this paper, is a way to manage a global transaction by combining the more elemental transactions coordinated using the two-phase commit protocol and queued transactions. The stratification approach can be applied for optimally fragmenting workflow-based service compositions and support the out- and in-sourcing scenarios. This paper formally models global transactions and investigates the mechanisms for building an optimally stratified transaction relying on formally defined evaluation criteria. We investigate the applicability of local search algorithms to the optimization of transaction stratification. In particular we consider hill-climbing, simulated annealing, and a novel hybrid method combining both approaches.

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Copy reference link   DOI: doi:10.1007/978-3-540-92666-5_10

Abstract: The Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) is composable middleware that provides applications with services such as message routing and transformation, service composition, dynamic discovery, transactional support, coordination, security features, and others. In an ESB supporting SOAP message exchange, routing algorithms typically follow the sequential SOAP message processing model, where SOAP headers are the main artefacts used to specify the message route and the processing of the payload by intermediaries along that route. This model supports neither alternative nor parallel message routes. In the case of a failing intermediary node this leads to a failure in the message delivery. Moreover, the execution order of services on SOAP message payloads at the intermediaries cannot be prescribed. In this paper, we demonstrate how these deficiencies of the SOAP message processing model can be addressed. We introduce an approach that allows for specifying SOAP message routing logic in terms of BPEL processes. We show that parallel and alternative routes for SOAP messages can be modelled and executed, and the order of services that process a message at intermediaries can be predefined to accommodate the correct processing sequence as required by the concrete application domain. Features like dynamic discovery of services and flexible service composition are leveraged to enable flexible SOAP message routing.

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Copy reference link   DOI: 10.1109/ICWS.2009.75

Abstract: The need for flexibility in process-based applications, in particular during their execution, places the demand for enabling adaptability of processes. AOP is considered to be one of the approaches to flexibly switch on and off functionality on per-instance basis in applications during their execution; analogously, this paradigm can be applied in a BPEL environment to enable adaptation of running orchestrations. In the presented approach we strive towards reuse of as much concepts and technology already available in a Web service (WS) environment as possible. We combine standard BPEL, the publish/subscribe paradigm and WS-Policy so that WS operations play the role of aspects with respect to BPEL processes. We present the syntax for such aspects as an extension of the WS-Policy framework. We introduce the architecture of the supporting infrastructure and a prototypical implementation. The approach draws on the combined benefits of service orientation and the AOP paradigm to improve the state-of-the-art techniques for flexibility of service orchestrations in a non-intrusive manner.

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Abstract: Semantic Business Process Management (SBPM) enhances BPM with semantic technologies in order to increase the degree of automation in the BPM lifecycle and help in bridging the gap between the business and IT views on business processes. In this paper, we describe the architecture of an SBPM System (SBPMS) which supports the whole SBPM lifecycle by providing functionality for process modeling, process configuration, process execution, and process analysis. We analyze the functional requirements of the SBPMS from the business user's and the IT expert's point of view and derive and describe the components of the SBPMS and their key interactions to achieve the required functionalities. We show how existing BPMS components can be extended to use semantics, and describe the integration of new components, such as a Semantic Execution Environment. The presented SBPMS is based on BPMN, BPEL and WSMO technologies.

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Copy reference link   DOI: 10.1109/ICSC.2008.84

Abstract: Business process management (BPM) aims at supporting the whole life-cycle necessary to deploy and maintain business processes in organisations. Despite its success however, BPM suffers from a lack of automation that would support a smooth transition between the business world and the IT world. We argue that semantic BPM, that is, the enhancement of BPM with semantic Web services technologies, provides further scalability to BPM by increasing the level of automation that can be achieved. We describe the particular SBPM approach developed within the SUPER project and we illustrate how it contributes to enhancing existing BPM solutions in order to achieve more flexible, dynamic and manageable business processes.

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Abstract: This paper estimates the shippers‟ reactions and their economic benefits from a multimodal transport network called LOGOTAKT. For this purpose, an econometric shipper model is being estimated in which the major factor influencing logistics decisions – the balance between warehouse and storage cost – is explicitly taken into account. The functional form is being deduced from the first order condition of Total Logistics Cost function minimization. Transport cost is expressed in form of a complex function depending on order size and the transport distance in order capture the effect of economies of scale in transportation. It is estimated based on empirical data of distribution obtained from two major German companies. Simulations show that the new multimodal transportation system has a significant impact on shipment size distributions changing them in favor of smaller shipments. This leads especially to significant reductions in warehouse costs. Finally, some implications of the analytical results on transport policy are provided: To achieve further modal shift from road to rail, public financial support and the regulatory framework must put railways into the position to consolidate shipments and to exhaust economies of scale.

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Book Chapters

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Abstract: The adoption of the workflow technology in the eScience domain has contributed to the increase of simulation-based applications orchestrating different services in a flexible and error-free manner. The nature of the provisioning and execution of such simulations makes them potential candidates to be migrated and executed in Cloud environments. The wide availability of Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) Cloud offerings and service providers has contributed to a raise in the number of supporters of partially or completely migrating and running their scientific experiments in the Cloud. Focusing on Scientific Workflow-based Simulation Environments (SWfSE) applications and their corresponding underlying runtime support, in this research work we aim at empirically analyzing and evaluating the impact of migrating such an environment to multiple IaaS infrastructures. More specifically, we focus on the investigation of multiple Cloud providers and their corresponding optimized and non-optimized IaaS offerings with respect to their offered performance, and its impact on the incurred monetary costs when migrating and executing a SWfSE. The experiments show significant performance improvements and reduced monetary costs when executing the simulation environment in off-premise Clouds.

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Copy reference link   DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-24755-2_23

Abstract: In the field of natural and engineering science, computer simulations play an increasingly important role to explain or predict phenomena of the real world. Although the software landscape is crucial to support scientists in their every day work, we recognized during our work with scientific institutes that many simulation programs can be considered legacy monolithic applications. They are developed without adhering to known software engineering guidelines, lack an acceptable software ergonomics, run sequentially on single workstations and require tedious manual tasks. We are convinced that SOA concepts and the service composition technology can help to improve this situation. In this paper we report on the results of our work on the service- and service composition-based re-engineering of a legacy scientific application for the simulation of the ageing process in copper-alloyed. The underlying general concept for a distributed, service-based simulation infrastructure is also applicable to other scenarios. Core of the infrastructure is a resource manager that steers server work load and handles simulation data.

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Abstract: Expatriation research has predominantly focused on company-backed expatriates (CBEs), who are sent abroad by their employer, and on examining how their levels of on-the-job embeddedness affect their intention to prematurely repatriate. Yet, most expatriates are not CBEs but self-initiated expatriates (SIEs). In this article we hypothesize that for their behavioral and demographic features, CBEs and SIEs differ substantially in their levels of on-the job and off-the-job embeddedness. Moreover, these difference lay ground for moderating effects resulting in different explanations for the repatriation intention of CBEs and SIEs. Drawing on a unique sample of 345 expatriates from 40 different countries we show that while SIEs experience a higher degree of off-the-job embeddedness than CBEs, the two expatriate types do not differ in their levels of on-the-job embeddedness. Also, off-the-job embeddedness is more important for explaining the repatriation intention of CBEs than of SIEs. Most importantly, whereas for SIEs low levels of on-the-job embeddedness increase their intention to repatriate, for CBEs high-not low-levels increase their intention to repatriate. Our findings carry important theoretical implications for research on expatriates and provide managerial implications related to the choice, hiring criteria, and support programs for expatriates.

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Abstract: Proactive event processing constitutes the next phase in the evolution of complex event processing. Proactive event processing makes it possible to anticipate potential issues during process execution and thereby enables proactive process management. One industry domain that can expect relevant benefits from applying proactive event processing is transportation. Transportation companies face numerous stochastic issues when managing the shipment of goods. One such issue faced in airfreight is the exact volume, weight, and number of pieces that a shipper wants to have shipped. Because of the high cost of air shipments, discrepancies between what has been booked by a shipper and the actual volume that is delivered impose costs that create problems for all participants in a shipment. One potential approach to addressing this problem is to use real-time monitoring and proactive alerting to assist air freight companies in anticipating actual delivered weights, volumes, and piece counts. In this paper we address the issue of cargo shipments by leveraging real-time monitoring data collected from an industry-standard monitoring system of a large freight forwarding company. Our evidence indicates that by using a novel proactive event-driven software engine, prediction about the weight of shipments can be developed and used in a proactive manner to assist air freight planners in making better estimates and plans for the shipment of goods. We demonstrate that through the use of this proactive approach, predictions concerning over and under-weight loads can be made days in advance of a shipment, thus enabling the air freight planner to optimize their load plans and thus maximize the revenue that they generate from shipments.

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Abstract: In disassemble-to-order (DTO) systems randomness of recoverable parts gained from used products creates a major challenge for appropriate planning. Typically, it is assumed that yields from disassembly are either stochastically proportional (SP) or follow a binomial (BI) process. In the case of yield misspecification, it can be shown that the BI yield assumption usually results in a lower penalty than the SP yield assumption. For BI yield, however, a suitable, powerful heuristic is needed in order to facilitate DTO problems olving for complex realworld product structures. We present a heuristic approach that is based on a ecomposition procedure for the underlying non-linear stochastic optimization problem and that can be applied to problems of arbitrary size. A numerical performance study reveals that this heuristic yields close - to - optimal results.

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