On the Development and Management of Adaptive Business Collaborations

Thursday, November 8, 2007 - 1:38pm

BART ORRIËNS, Tilburg University, The Netherlands
TIME: 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
PLACE: Computer Science Conference Room, Harold Frank Hall Room 1132


Today’s business climate demands a high rate of change with which Information Technology (IT)-minded organizations are required to cope. Organizations face rapidly changing market conditions, new competitive pressures, new regulatory fiats that demand compliance, and new competitive threats. All of these situations and more drive the need for the IT infrastructure of an organization to respond quickly in support of new business models and requirements. In this talk we focus on the adaptive development and management of such dynamic business models and requirements. We sketch a rule based environment in which the people who develop and manage business collaborations in organizations can do so in a way that is as independent of specific implementation technologies as possible; and where they can take business requirements into consideration, and in which they can respond to changes as effectively as possible. We present several concrete results that came out of this research including: 1) a contextual model for business collaborations; 2) an uniform modeling approach to describe this context; 3) a rule language for capturing dynamic requirements; and 4) a mechanism for adaptively developing and managing business collaboration models. We also outline potential areas (in our view) for further applying and extending these results.


Bart Orriëns graduated from Tilburg University, The Netherlands in November of 2001 with a Master’s degree in Information Management. Subsequently, he joined the CentER Graduate School and the Department of Information Management at Tilburg University; first as a researcher in February of 2002 and later as a Ph.D. student from March of 2003. He received his Ph.D. on the development and management of adaptive business collaborations on September 12 of 2007, Tilburg, The Netherlands. He has published in several major conferences (including ICSOC, SCC, BPM, ER and WISE) and journals (IJBPIM, IDPS). He has also co-authored a book chapter on service reuse and specialization. He furthermore served as reviewer for conferences such as ICSOC and RuleML. His major research interests include service oriented architectures and service modeling; business process modeling and management; policy and rule specification, classification and analysis; and adaptive model development.