Establishing enterprise communities

Constantin Serban, Xuhui Ao, Naftaly Minsky

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One of the most important challenges facing the builders of enterprise software is the reliable implementation of the policies that are supposed to govern the various communities operating within an enterprise. Such policies are widely considered fundamental to enterprise modeling, and their specification were the subject of several recent investigations. But specification of the policy that is to govern a given community is only the first step towards its implementation; the second, and more critical step is to ensure that all members of the community actually conform to the specified policy. The conventional approach to the implementation of a policy is to build it into all members of the community subject to it. But if the community in question is large and heterogeneous, and if its members are dispersed throughout a distributed enterprise, then such "manual" implementation of its policy would be too laborious and error-prone to be practical. Moreover, a policy implemented in this manual manner would be very unstable with respect to the evolution of the system, because it can be violated by a change in the code of any member of community subject to it. It is our thesis that the only reliable way for ensuring that an heterogeneous distributed community of software modules and people conforms to a given policy is for this policy to be strictly enforced. A mechanism for establishing enterprise communities by formally specifying their policies, and by having these policies enforced is the subject of the paper.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number950422
Pages (from-to)48-58
Number of pages11
JournalProceedings - 5th IEEE International Enterprise Distributed Object Computing Conference
Issue numberJanuary
StatePublished - 2001
Event5th IEEE International Enterprise Distributed Object Computing Conference, EDOC 2001 - Seattle, United States
Duration: Sep 4 2001Sep 7 2001

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Software
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Computer Science Applications


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