In order to remain competitive with big corporations, small and medium-size enterprises (SMEs) often need to be more dynamic, adapt to new business situations, react faster, and thereby survive in today's global economy. To do so, SMEs normally seek to create consortiums become aligned with the new Internet trends, thus gaining access to new and more opportunities. However, this strategy may also lead to complications, especially at the level of interoperability. Systems become more and more dynamic with evolving information models and “liquid” semantic domains with fuzzy boundaries. Collaboration networks and partnerships frequently change to answer new customer's requirements, causing new interoperability problems and a reduction of efficiency when not solved. A similar situation is occurring at the level of IoT with the replacement of devices from different manufacturers. This work proposes a mediator system to enable self-sustainable interoperability, monitoring existing enterprise information systems and their devices, by predicting future behaviors and automatically detecting past changes that may harness interoperability. With this, network harmonization disruptions are detected in a timely way, and possible solutions are suggested to regain the interoperable status, thus enhancing robustness for reaching sustainability of business networks along time.
Carlos Agostinho, Jose Ferreira and Ricardo Jardim-Goncalves