n South African Computer Journal - : integrated architecture for adaptive workflow and agents : research article

Volume 2003, Issue 31
  • ISSN : 1015-7999
  • E-ISSN: 2313-7835



Adaptive Workflow and Software Agent technology have the potential to revolutionize B2B E-Commerce in the 21st century. Adaptive workflow allows for dynamism in business process definition and enactment, while Agent technology helps to automate decision making among the entities executing the adaptive workflows. Hence integrating Adaptive Workflow and Agents is highly essential for effectively facilitating B2B E-Commerce. However, efforts to integrate the two have been lacking so far, and this paper attempts to bridge this gap.

In this paper, we describe our work on developing and implementing an integrated architecture called AdaptAgent where Adaptive Workflows and Multi-Agent Conversations are modeled, executed and adapted together. AdaptAgent extends our previous work on a 3-tier adaptive workflow architecture [11]; it also builds on our earlier work on what we call "flexible workflow support" [13], which provides a means for increased flexibility in defining and managing adaptive workflows.

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