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Institute of Software Technology and Interactive Systems
Vienna University of Technology
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ERPEL: Enabling Seamless Ad-hoc Cross Enterprise Collaborations

C. Huemer, G. Kappel, P. Liegl, R. Schuster, H. Werthner, M. Topf, D. Mayrhofer, M. Zapletal, P. Krenn
Proceedings of the Annual SRII Global Conference 2012
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Business Informatics
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Information and Communication Technology
In this paper we present the ERPEL approach towards executing on-the-fly e-business transactions between semantically enabled ERP systems. By on-the-fly e-business transactions we understand transactions that are conducted between companies, that are not yet in a partnership and dynamically find each other to engage in e-business transactions. Finding an appropriate business partner requires to know his business capabilities or in other words which products or services he offers. For this purpose, we develop a seamless integration of the product portfolios, held in the ERP systems, into the ERPEL registry. A search in the registry has to disclose the technical capabilities of a potential business partner to ensure interoperability. Overloaded business document standards and a variety of different communication protocols hamper an effective communication between enterprises. Thus, ERPEL follows a bottom-up approach starting from core documents with well-defined extension mechanisms. Furthermore, ERPEL comes with a default communication protocol specifically targeting SMEs. These unambiguous specifications allow the development of business service interfaces (BSI) that are integrated into the ERP systems.
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