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Application Service Portal for Multi-Company, Multi-Service Offerings

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000013993D
Original Publication Date: 2001-Apr-14
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-19
Document File: 4 page(s) / 74K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Disclosed is a system to improve supply chain (trading partner) communications and data flow at affordable pricing for all companies in a trading environment. The internet has provided the network capability to link trading partners using a common standard for delivery. In the new inter-networked environment of the internet there are a multitude of application service providers and means to distribute them. Portals and eMarketplaces, in addition to individual company extranets, are trying to figure out how to deliver those applications. Suppliers, especially small suppliers, have not been able to afford to purchase all the applications their customers would like them to use. And in the current environment, can not afford to participate in the large business-to-business (B2B) portals. Today companies are very selective of what applications they purchase depending on how often they are used and how necessary it is to maintain the business they have. In any case they are at the mercy of their customers which applications they must use and they pay for each of them individually. IBM has created an eUtility called IBM Places which is a series of hosted, Internet (browser) accessible services for industry. The infrastructure for this offering is based on IBM's eBusiness Framework. The anatomy of a business to business solution must encompass many features to address the needs of an entire industry. THE ANATOMY OF A B2B SOLUTION At their core all B2B e-business solutions should be based on a proven architecture that provides a foundation for the development and implementation of large scale, high volume transaction processing applications. This architecture includes being:

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Application Service Portal for Multi-Company, Multi-Service Offerings

  Disclosed is a system to improve supply chain (trading partner) communications and data flow at affordable pricing for all companies in a trading environment. The internet has provided the network capability to link trading partners using a common standard for delivery. In the new inter-networked environment of the internet there are a multitude of application service providers and means to distribute them. Portals and eMarketplaces, in addition to individual company extranets, are trying to figure out how to deliver those applications. Suppliers, especially small suppliers, have not been able to afford to purchase all the applications their customers would like them to use. And in the current environment, can not afford to participate in the large business-to-business (B2B) portals. Today companies are very selective of what applications they purchase depending on how often they are used and how necessary it is to maintain the business they have. In any case they are at the mercy of their customers which applications they must use and they pay for each of them individually.

IBM has created an eUtility called IBM Places which is a series of hosted, Internet (browser) accessible services for industry. The infrastructure for this offering is based on IBM's eBusiness Framework. The anatomy of a business to business solution must encompass many features to address the needs of an entire industry.

THE ANATOMY OF A B2B SOLUTION

At their core all B2B e-business solutions should be based on a proven architecture that provides a foundation for the development and implementation of large scale, high volume transaction processing applications. This architecture includes being:

Standards Based - It must be built using established industry products and standards including Java, XML, LDAP, IMAP, etc.

Scalable - The architecture will scale to provide acceptable levels of performance for multiple users and at high transaction volumes. The architecture should support Vertical and Horizontal scalability across three (3) distinct domains - hardware, software and application.

Flexible - The architecture is open and supports the incorporation of newer technologies and products, as they become available. The architecture also ensures that the features and services provided are accessible from different types of clients including Graphical User Interfaces, Web Browsers, Voice Response Units, Personal Digital Assistants and other clients.

Reliable - The architecture provides reliable and dependable support for its users. It should support ACID (Atomicity, Consistency, Integrity and Durability) of transactions across multiple resource managers (legacy applications, ERP applications, departmental databases etc.).

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Available - The architecture supports operational capabilities that are consistent with the Service Level Agreements that are established for this application. If...