Charging for Dynamically Composed Services in the Digital Business Ecosystem
Innovation and the Knowledge Economy: Issues, Applications, Case Studies (eChallenges 2005)
The ability to compose, on-demand, networked software services to meet evolving requirements is an important step towards the development of digital business ecosystems that allow participants realise novel business models. In this paper we address a crucial issue that must be addressed before dynamic service composition becomes commercially viable – how users can be charged for the use of such services. We first discuss the challenges relating to charging for composed services of which the accounting system may have no prior knowledge. We then present a two-phase rating process that generates charges associated with dynamically composed services in accordance with potentially complex charging agreements between providers of the individual services comprising these services.