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Method For Effective Use Of Strategic Networks

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000031423D
Original Publication Date: 2004-Sep-24
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Sep-24
Document File: 3 page(s) / 53K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Disclosed is a method for classification, storage, access, and maintenance of "strategic networks" such that they can be effectively used in software engineering work (and through extension, in the work of any professional discipline, such as the medical or legal profession). To perform their work with excellence and build their careers, software engineers (and perhaps other professionals) not only need competence in their specific jobs, but also need to have networks of relationships with other computer professionals who can help them successfully achieve their career goals. These networks of relationships can be called "strategic networks."

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Method For Effective Use Of Strategic Networks

Strategic networks consist of all the professional relationships a person has within and outside of a company. Strategic networks can help people in their day-to-day jobs or in more stressful situations, such as when looking for a new job or position. For example, a software engineer might need information about WAS security, or more specifically, JCA authentication, and knows someone who works on the WAS security architecture team. The software engineer calls the person he knows on the WAS security architecture team, and that person refers him to someone with more specific expertise in the JCA authentication area. In this case, the software engineer's strategic network just grew by one more person. The concept of devoloping a strategic network for career success has been identified and explained in various literature and classes, but there is no known process or tool that allows software engineers to make effective use of such a network when it is available.

As software engineers build relationships in a strategic network, they often encounter a variety of problems in making effective use of them, such as:

Storage and classification: they use a variety of places to put strategic network information, including their own memories, personal cards, and address books. But these disperse methods do not provide an easy way to show the relationships among different professionals or a common storage mechanism with classification capabilities.

Large amount of information: strategic networks grow quickly as software engineers interact with different people in different positions, including people in their own groups, providers of services that their company buys, exploiters of software engineering services within their company, and external customers. It is difficult to keep track of all this information that is spread through different storage mechanisms and not connected.

Difficult access: when a software engineer needs information on a specific area, it can take a long time to find an old e-mail or remember someone's name or spelling of the name. A mechanism that provides easy access to the strategic network through classification capabilities and effective searches is required.

Dynamic, ever-changing information: as people change positions or jobs and acquire new and different expertise, their positions in the strategic network can change, and losing track of these changes can invalidate the whole purpose of the strategic network.

This invention proposes a method for classification, storage, access, and maintenance of strategic networks such that they can be effectively used in software engineering work (and through extension, in the work of any professional discipline, such as the medical or legal profession).

The method consists of:

1. Strategic Network Definition:

Defining or importing information about the person to be added to the strategic network Classifying the person according to h...