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Research Paper #917

Title:A Supply Chain Process Interoperability Demonstration Using the Process Interchange Format (PIF)
Date:Jul 1998
Presented:Presented at ECAI'98 Workshop on Applications of Ontologies and Problem-solving Methods
Abstract:The goal of the PIF Project is to develop an interchange format to help automatically exchange process descriptions among a wide variety of business process modelling and support systems such as workflow software, flow charting tools, process simulation systems, and process repositories. An example of such an exchange, a demonstration scenario has been created which describes the use of PIF in the modelling and simulation of an integrated supply chain where different companies co-operate through a global supply chain management procedure to deliver commercial electronic goods. This scenario coordinates the exchange of process knowledge between a business process modelling tool/library (Massachusetts Intstitute of Technology's (MIT) Process Handbook) and a process simulation package (Knowledge Based Systems Inc.'s (KBSI) ProSim) with PIF acting as the interlingua.

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