Technical University of Kosice
This paper describes how the latest advances in Web Services technology are paving the way towards dynamic B2B integration. It begins by distinguishing between three kinds of life cycle: the operational life cycle, the B2B trading life cycle, and the business networking life cycle. In this paper, most B2B integration solutions have been designed to support the operational life cycle by specifying a set of pre-defined B2B conversations. The authors will show that Web Services can be used to settle those conversations at run-time, and that they can support the B2B trading life cycle all the way from partner search to contracting, operation and evaluation.