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Package Customizing by Industry

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000082362D
Original Publication Date: 1974-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-28
Document File: 2 page(s) / 13K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Costa, DJ: AUTHOR

Abstract

An industry approach may be employed for the creation of application models for program customizing. Previously, a general model of a particular application, such as Accounts Receivable-Billing, was customized by a user's answers to a complete questionnaire. Such models are broad in scope, with methods and operations appropriate to a number of industries.

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Package Customizing by Industry

An industry approach may be employed for the creation of application models for program customizing. Previously, a general model of a particular application, such as Accounts Receivable-Billing, was customized by a user's answers to a complete questionnaire. Such models are broad in scope, with methods and operations appropriate to a number of industries.

Because of differences from one kind of business to another, however, what is a choice for one user may be a requirement to a second and an irrelevancy to a third. Speciality charge account arrangements are appropriate to department stores, for example, but not to wholesale businesses. The industry subset (package) approach eliminates inappropriate options from the questionnaire a user sees, and puts those options which are relevant into industry-specific terms.

The general model is treated as a set of interleaved processing functions. An industry package employs only those functions which apply to one industry, resulting in an industry submodel. It is this submodel which is the basis for user customizing.

The package can treat functions as standard or optional. It can define its own functions, incorporate them into the submodel, and treat any of them as standard or optional. Standard functions are always included in final customized output. For optional functions, the package has its own industry-specific questionnaire to be filled out by his user. The submodel, changes, and questionnaire together constitute the industry "package."

The package build process converts the national model, which contains many cross-industry data processing functions, into a national indus...