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Software Solutions Kit for e-business

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000015000D
Original Publication Date: 2001-Dec-16
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-20
Document File: 5 page(s) / 82K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

A program is disclosed that assists with capturing the integration steps for "low scale" business scenario examples, and the installation and deployment of the scenario onto a Windows NT operating system.

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Software Solutions Kit for e-business

A program is disclosed that assists with capturing the integration steps for "low scale" business scenario examples, and the installation and deployment of the scenario onto a Windows NT * operating system.

     A business scenario is a demonstration that shows the key elements of a solution to a set of business problems running "end to end". The key elements consist of a number of products and applications integrated together to achieve an end to end scenario. The purpose of the business scenario can be varied:-

To provide feedback to product owners about the integration quality and solution capability of their products To provide a solution based regression test capability to the associated product owners To provide practitioners the ability to understand how a solution of this type can be constructed To re-use the artifacts for various purposes (evaluation, proof of concept, project workshop, starting point for development) A demonstration that can be used during the proof of capability stage of the sales cycle.

     A critical element of the scenario development approach of a business scenario is to capture the experience in such a form that it is possible to re-create the example from scratch. That is, the true proof of an example is to provide the ability to re-create the working version starting with the key elements (products, code, "make-files" and anything else that "makes it work"). A typical approach is to provide sample code and documentation that the user then proceeds to use in order to "get the example" working. Unfortunately, this approach is significantly error prone because some of the artifacts may be missing; the documentation may be incomplete; the user makes a simple mistake; or the initial environment is incorrect.

     The approach taken by the Software Solutions Kit for e-business is to provide automated and semi-automated processes that reduce the user mistakes and provide a re-creation process that "gets the example" working. Once the example is working, the end user knows (at a very minimum) that everything that has been provided in one form or another i.e. nothing is missing.

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Artifacts

Artifacts

Template

Template

Product Wrapper Expert Install

Product Installer

KeyPlay Scripts

Response Files

NT V4 Operating System

Architecture of the IBM Software Solutions Kit for e-business - Fig. 1

Expert Install

This component is responsible for identifying which products are needed by the scenario; checking that the correct levels of the products are already installed and installing the template and artifacts.

     The expert install checks whether the products are installed, and if not, passes control to the Product Wrapper Installer.

Product Wrapper Installer

This component is responsible for installing the products (and service packs) onto the user's machine. This is currently limited to a one machine install. There are 2 types of installation :-

"Silent" which means the installa...