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Rapid changes in the business environment call for more flexible and adaptive workflow systems. Researchers have proposed that workflow management systems (WfMSs) comprising multiple agents can provide these capabilities. We have developed a multi-agent based workflow system, JBees, which supports distributed process models and the adaptability of executing processes. Modern workflow systems should also have the flexibility to integrate available Web services as they are updated. In this paper, we discuss how our agent-based architecture can be used to bind and access Web services in the context of executing a workflow process model. We use an example from the diamond processing industry to show how our agent architecture can be used to integrate Web services with WfMSs.
Date of Conference: 19-22 Sept. 2005