An Agent Federation for Supply Chain Integration

Mark E. Nissen

Supply chain management represents a critical competency in today’s global business environment, but neither commerce through EDI technology nor current Web applications satisfy combined requirements of process integration and flexibility. The present research builds on prior agent work to argue multi-agent systems offer tremendous potential and capability to overcome such limitations. The paper discusses enterprise supply chain integration and outlines the knowledge engineering techniques employed to implement a corresponding agent federation for high-technology product procurement. It highlights the use and utility of this supply chain agent federation and presents results of early verification and validation testing.

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