Service-Oriented Workflow Systems

Wei Tan, Mengchu Zhou

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From an economic point of view, web services are gaining momentum in the so-called network economics. Service composition, or service-based workflow, offers enhanced reusability, agility, and dynamicity. Many resources including data, computational resources, and others are wrapped with service interfaces to enable uniform access. Workflow systems are increasingly being developed to allow users to integrate, orchestrate, and monitor various local or remote service resources to perform tasks like transaction processing, batch job execution, and scientific discovery. This chapter uses web service and service interchangeably, and service workflow and service composition interchangeably. It summarizes the research of workflow in service oriented computing (SOC) into five topics, that is, languages for service composition, automatic service composition, mediation-aided service composition, verification of service workflow, and decentralized execution of workflow. The chapter discusses some of the issues in evolving IT environment: social network meets service computing and practical and flexible service composition.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationContemporary Issues in Systems Science and Engineering
PublisherWiley-IEEE Press
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9781119036821
ISBN (Print)9781118271865
StatePublished - Apr 7 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Engineering


  • Automatic service composition
  • Flexible service composition
  • IT environment
  • Languages for service composition
  • Mediation-aided service composition
  • Network economics
  • Service oriented computing (SOC)
  • service workflow
  • web service


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