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Method to dynamically create business objects from data stored in distributed locations in a domain

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000129299D
Original Publication Date: 2005-Oct-05
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Oct-05
Document File: 5 page(s) / 142K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Information about a subject is never stored in a central location. This is due to a variety of reasons, including privacy. Thus, we find that information is scattered in remote locations throughout the internet. However, this distribution of information contains potential problems. The method of retrieval of a consistent and logical set of information about a subject is a manual and error-prone task. One issue is that there is currently no consistent manner for which businesses and services can identify an issuer (ie, the authority) of a piece of information. For example, it logically makes sense that a person’s Bank act as the issuer of information relating to his or her bank account and/or credit card. These limitations cause several problems for businesses and their IT processes. Businesses have tried to work around these problems in inefficient and ad hoc manners. Often a business process will ask the user directly for a piece of information and subsequently store it themselves. This has limitations such as consistency and the requirement that the user manually enter the information. Another mechanism is for the service to know where all the information about a subject is located. This is costly, error-prone, and is easily victim to churn*. These factors hinder the further development of on-demand services and business processes. There is significant room for cost savings and streamlined business processes through innovation that allows for businesses to effectively manage the amount of information they hold and allowing for efficient mechanisms by which they can query for the rest of the information needed.

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Method to dynamically create business objects from data stored in distributed locations in a domain

Main Idea

1. Background: What is the problem solved by your invention? Describe known solutions to this problem (if any). What are the drawbacks of such known solutions, or why is an additional solution required? Cite any relevant technical documents or references.

Information about a subject is never stored in a central location. This is due to a variety of reasons, including privacy. Thus, we find that information is scattered in remote locations throughout the internet. However, this distribution of information contains potential problems. The method of retrieval of a consistent and logical set of information about a subject is a manual and error-prone task.

One issue is that there is currently no consistent manner for which businesses and services can identify an issuer (ie, the authority) of a piece of information. For example, it logically makes sense that a person's Bank act as the issuer of information relating to his or her bank account and/or credit card.

These limitations cause several problems for businesses and their IT processes. Businesses have tried to work around these problems in inefficient and ad hoc manners. Often a business process will ask the user directly for a piece of information and subsequently store it themselves. This has limitations such as consistency and the requirement that the user manually enter the information. Another mechanism is for the service to know where all the information about a subject is located. This is costly, error-prone, and is easily victim to churn*. These factors hinder the further development of on-demand services and business processes.

There is significant room for cost savings and streamlined business processes through innovation that allows for businesses to effectively manage the amount of information they hold and allowing for efficient mechanisms by which they can query for the rest of the information needed.

*churn - changes in the state of a system that cause disruptions.

2. Summary of Invention: Briefly describe the core idea of your invention (saving the details for questions #3 below). Describe the advantage(s) of using your invention instead of the known solutions described above.

This invention covers an efficient and elegant method of composing information stored through a distributed system. This data may potentially be stored in different formats. What this invention describes is a method by which business services can coordinate to compose locally stored data in various locations. Additionally, this invention covers a method of handling local and remote data and composing both into a single, consistent business object.
1) Method of dynamically resolving a business object to a specific set of data across
2) The ability to provider a requester of a business object the ability to contact one of the holders of part of business object in order to retrieve the compl...