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A Method for Managing Users in a Networked and Disconnected Environment that Utilizes Shared Resources

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000014379D
Original Publication Date: 2001-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-19
Document File: 5 page(s) / 71K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

A Method for Managing Users in a Networked and Disconnected Environment that Utilizes Shared Resources

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  A Method for Managing Users in a Networked and Disconnected Environment that Utilizes Shared Resources

A Method for Managing Users in a Networked and Disconnected Environment that Utilizes Shared Resources

1. Describe your invention, stating the problem solved (if appropriate), and indicating the advantages of using the invention.

   Certain computer software applications can be broken into 4 logical portions. These applications will consist of: the base code for the application (provided by the application developers), configurations for the application that are specific for an implementation instance of the application, configurations for the application and data that are specific for a particular user, and data that is created in the application. For any particular user only a subset of some of these portions are needed. Every user will need the full application base code as well as the configurations for the application that are implementation specific. However they will only need their own user specific data and configurations as well as only the data created in the application that they will be working on in a specific session. In the remaining portion of this document these logical portions will be referred to as the base code (BC), implementation code and configurations (IC), user specific configurations and data (UC), and application data (AD).

   In a LAN connected environment these portions can be put together by utilizing the LAN connectivity and bringing data from multiple servers (and from the local workstation) to allow the user to have what they need to run the application.

   In a remote or disconnected environment these portions can be loaded on a workstation or laptop for a specific user allowing them to use the application in that environment.

   This invention is designed to work in an environment that has users that will desire to work in both the LAN and remote/disconnected environment. Also this invention will address problems that arise in both of these environments as well as in the combination of the two environments.

   One of the problems that occurs in the LAN connected environment model is that performance can be reduced based on the amount of data that has to be retrieved over the network. So if the user's configurations and data (UC) have to be constantly accessed over the network, then performance for the user in the application will depend heavily on the amount of bandwidth available on the network.

   A requirement for multiple users to share hardware results in a problem. Many user environments cannot supply a dedicated workstation or laptop for each user. In many cases there is a pool of laptops that the users can pickup a laptop from at the beginning of their shift and return it to the pool at the end. In this case they might have a different laptop each day. Managinig users in this enviornment can be challeneing with the need to have updated user configurations (UC) and application data (AD) on each laptop wi...