Building a Process Layer for Business Applications using the Blackboard Pattern

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Provided by: Comenius University
Topic: Big Data
Format: PDF
Contemporary business applications often employ a process layer in order to coordinate automated activities. One option to build such a layer is to use a workflow management system. But the all-or-nothing fashion of such systems makes them sometimes hard to integrate. In such cases, custom development is an alternative. Yet concepts for the micro-architecture of process layers in business applications are rare. The authors argue that the blackboard pattern, which is known to be suitable for knowledge intensive artificial intelligence applications, can provide a solid basis also for constructing process layers with workflow capabilities.
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