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Method and Apparatus for On Demand Delivery to Multiple Parties

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000023311D
Original Publication Date: 2004-Mar-29
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Mar-29
Document File: 2 page(s) / 9K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

As requests for information and work multiply in the electronic world, it is becoming increasingly important to schedule the chain of events that takes place in response to such a request. Herein, we describe a new transaction that may be used to manage such a workflow and can generate the desired results on demand.

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Method and Apparatus for On Demand Delivery to Multiple Parties

As requests for information and work multiply in the electronic world, it is becoming increasingly important to schedule the chain of events that takes place in response to such a request. There are several reasons for this. For example, resources are limited and some of them (e.g., network servers) can be in high demand. Scheduling allows for work to happen at off peak periods. Another reason is one of security and privacy. Some information needs to be protected and having it only in the right place at the right time and accessible only by the right people helps safeguard it. Furthermore, having it destroyed when it is no longer needed, or when it has become obsolete, or when access is no longer granted, provides a further safeguard, and frees up system resources. The issue is becoming increasingly critical as requests (such as a loan application) start to generate a complex set of events involving multiple parties (such as loan officers, lenders, credit checkers, employment verification agents etc.).

We have defined a new transaction type to organize the work. Usage of this transaction facilitates the smooth and timely flow of work and information. This new transaction type identifies the owner of the transaction, the parties who are to do work, what type of work they are to do, where they are to send their results, when they are to send their results, and how long the results are good for. It is e...