Supply-chain applications exchange numerous electronic business-to-business (B2B) messages of varied types. Often, the supply-chain applications need to interact even though the applications use different message specifications and different message-representation standards. The paper discusses an approach to achieve such interactions by using the Message Metamodel-based semantic reconciliation of messages conformant to different message specifications, yet supporting the same B2B scenario. The Message Metamodel is a novel, neutral form for representing B2B messages and their specifications that may be based on different message-representation standards (such as EDI, XML, or ASN.1). Experimental investigation showed that a semantic reconciliation architecture, discussed in this paper, if enhanced with the Message Metamodel, enables seamless interoperable message exchange in heterogeneous supply-chain environments. The Message Metamodel-enhanced semantic reconciliation architecture supports the reconciliation of B2B messages irrespective of the message exchange standard used and insulates reconciliation activities from the specific physical message-representation syntaxes.
Citation: International Journal of Cooperative Information Systems
Pub Type: Journals
semantic reconciliation, business-to-business interoperability, message model, supply-chain integration