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Decision Support System for Selecting Web Services

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000015614D
Original Publication Date: 2002-Jul-23
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-20

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

A Decision Support System for Web Service Selection and Business Process Execution Frederick Y wu (fywu@us.ibm.com), Rama Kalyani T. Akkiraju (akkiraju@us.ibm.com) In this invention, we present a decision support system that helps enterprises select web-based services needed to support business processes and automate the process of running what-if scenarios for those processes in order to obtain an optimal selection of service providers to execute the business process. In the setup mode, the system analyzes the enterprise’s current requirement for outside services, searches public or private registries such as UDDI registries, considers the quality of service and interfacing requirements of the service providers, recommends a filtered list of service providers and various ways in which available services can be combined to meet the requirements. In summary, the system in this mode helps in web service selection. In the regular mode, the system invokes the web services of the filtered list of service providers, determined at the setup mode, and combines the potential good combinations of options from the service providers from each step into the overall optimal business process execution planning scenarios. The system in this mode automates business process execution. The suggested sets of service providers and their services are designed to optimize objectives configured by the user, which could include cost, quality, development lead time, and compatibility with internal technologies. Background