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An Agent Based Approach for the Decentralised Compensation of Business Processes

Authors: Tim Lessner

Published in: Dagstuhl Seminar Proceedings, Volume 10021, Service-Oriented Architecture and (Multi-)Agent Systems Technology (2010)

An automated execution of business processes, composed of Web Services, also requires a reliable error handling and in the case of failures at least parts of a process need to be recovered. One way to enable a forward oriented recovery is compensation which allows to semantically undo effects even "long" time after the process --a long running transaction-- commits. Usually, compensation as for example applied in BPEL (Business Process Execution Language), requires that all compensation steps associated with the business process perform successfully. Also, the conditions for a compensation are not considered and it is not dynamic. In some business scenarios, e.g. a complex production process involving several partners, compensation is a commitment under certain conditions. These conditions in turn can be dynamic and interdependent. Often, a lot of human effort is required to perform compensation. Agents in turn, can enable a decentralised compensation in which agents negotiate a commitment to find a proper compensation strategy. Especially in highly dynamic environment this enables on the one hand a dynamic compensation, and on the other it can support human decision finding in case of failure.

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Tim Lessner. An Agent Based Approach for the Decentralised Compensation of Business Processes. In Service-Oriented Architecture and (Multi-)Agent Systems Technology. Dagstuhl Seminar Proceedings, Volume 10021, pp. 1-6, Schloss Dagstuhl - Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2010)

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  author =	{Lessner, Tim},
  title =	{{An Agent Based Approach for the Decentralised Compensation of Business Processes}},
  booktitle =	{Service-Oriented Architecture and (Multi-)Agent Systems Technology},
  pages =	{1--6},
  series =	{Dagstuhl Seminar Proceedings (DagSemProc)},
  ISSN =	{1862-4405},
  year =	{2010},
  volume =	{10021},
  editor =	{Monique Calisti and Frank P. Dignum and Ryszard Kowalczyk and Frank Leymann and Rainer Unland},
  publisher =	{Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik},
  address =	{Dagstuhl, Germany},
  URL =		{},
  URN =		{urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-25527},
  doi =		{10.4230/DagSemProc.10021.4},
  annote =	{Keywords: Compensation, Business Processes, Agents, Commitment}
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