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Continuous Monitoring in Evolving Business Networks

Comuzzi, M., Vonk, J. & Grefen, P. (2010). Continuous Monitoring in Evolving Business Networks. In: Meersman, R, Dillon, TS & Herrero, P (Eds.), OTM Conferences (1). Confederated International Conferences: CoopIS, IS, DOA and ODBASE,, 25-10-2010 - 29-10-2010, Crete, Greece. doi: 10.1007/978-3-642-16934-2_14


The literature on continuous monitoring of cross-organizational processes, executed within virtual enterprises or business networks, considers monitoring as an issue regarding the network formation, since what can be monitored during process execution is fixed when the network is established. In particular, the impact of evolving agreements in such networks on continuous monitoring is not considered. Also, monitoring is limited to process execution progress and simple process data. In this paper, we extend the possible monitoring options by linking monitoring requirements to generic clauses in agreements established across a network and focus on the problem of preserving the continuous monitorability of these clauses when the agreements evolve, i.e. they are introduced, dropped, or updated. We discuss mechanisms to preserve continuous monitorability in a business network for different types of agreement evolution and we design a conceptual and technical architecture for a continuous monitoring IT infrastructure that implements the requirements derived from such mechanisms.

Publication Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: The final publication is available at Springer via
Publisher Keywords: Monitoring, Business Network, Agreement Evolution
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Departments: School of Science & Technology > Computer Science
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