ISSN : 1796-217X
Volume : 4    Issue : 4    Date : June 2009

Flexible Business Process Integration for Clusters of Small-Medium Sized Enterprises in
Heterogenous Environment
Bo Jiang and Yun Ling
Page(s): 315-322
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Industry clusters-groups of geographically proximate enterprises in the same industry are a striking
feature of the geography of economic activity and greatly impact the overall economic development.
However, most of them are low-cost-based clusters that are composed of small-medium
enterprises which needs social electronic services and flexible business process integration. In
this paper, we present an on-demand information service platform for small-medium enterprise
clusters and propose loosely-coupled service-oriented business process integration scheme for
this platform. Several key techniques such as business application definition language and
graphical representation for integration in heterogenous environment, packaging and executive
strategy for integrating services, dependency set and context of integration service, and mapping
translation based on synonymous semantic definition are proposed. Professional services can be
provided via this platform to promote the enterprises’ innovative ability and help business to gain
competitive advantages. The platform and the related techniques have been applied in realistic
textile industrial clusters.

Index Terms
industry clusters, business process integration, web service composition