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System to broker licensed web services

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000146451D
Original Publication Date: 2007-Feb-13
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2007-Feb-13
Document File: 2 page(s) / 59K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Recent disclosures have described ground-breaking work in the license management space. They describe a means for licensing and chargeback of web service invocations. This technology enables companies to publish services and manage their use with regard to license terms and conditions and chargeback. This invention defines a means to offer a well-known service through a licensed web service interface, but rather than implementing the service the implemention 'sub-contracts' the service implementation to one of several real implementations of the service. The choice of favoured sub-contractor is based on real-time cost/entitlement factors.

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System to broker licensed web services

Recent disclosures have described ground-breaking work in the license management space. They describe a means for licensing and chargeback of web service invocations. This technology enables companies to publish services and manage their use with regard to license terms and conditions and chargeback. Once this possibility exists, there is an exciting new opportunity for services brokerage, in order to provide a useful service for clients and to extract revenue whilst doing so.

     This invention defines a means to offer a well-known service through a licensed web service interface, but rather than implementing the service the implemention 'sub-contracts' the service implementation to one of several real implementations of the service. The choice of favoured sub-contractor is based on real-time cost/entitlement factors.

     Web services are advertized through clear and precise interfaces. Many companies may advertize a particular service, and associate a cost to that service thanks to recent work in license/entitlement support in SOA environments. This invention describes a means by which a 'broker' service advertises a service through the standard interface, but doesn't implement the service, choosing instead to re-route incoming requests to other implementations of the service by other companies, based on current cost considerations in order to provide the client with an attractive price whilst extracting a percentage for providing the intelligent brokerage.

     The figure below shows how a web service (n) is implemented and offered for use...