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Method and System for Providing Ad-Hoc Organizational Information

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000202520D
Publication Date: 2010-Dec-20
Document File: 3 page(s) / 53K

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Abstract

A method and system providing ad-hoc organizational information is disclosed.

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Method and System for Providing Ad -Hoc Organizational Information

Disclosed is a method and system for providing ad-hoc organizational information. Typically, companies have internal tools to provide detailed information regarding the company's organizational structure. However, the information does not allow ad-hoc "agile" teams within the company to know the ad-hoc members in the agile teams, the roles of the ad-hoc members, or the relation between the ad-hoc members and other members within the agile team. Therefore, there is a need for enabling any user of an organization to use an online tool that uses information in an "official" organizational structure as building blocks to define and publish ad-hoc organizational structures.

The method and system disclosed herein enables users of an organization to create one or more ad-hoc organizational structures. The members of the agile teams within an organization can utilize existing organizational and employee information to document and share informal organizational structures, and publish the organizational structures. The organizational structures are published using online collaborative tools such as wikis, web pages, social networking solutions, workgroup management solutions, etc.

The figure illustrates the architecture of the method and system disclosed herein. As illustrated, the method and system is implemented using four layers. The layers include an Application Layer, a User Interface Layer, a Publishing Integration Layer, and a Backend Integration Layer. The Application Layer provides the necessary functionalities for backend systems. The Application Layer further communicates with industry-standard databases, provides security and employee management and displays the organizational structures in a variety of formats. The Application Layer includes a User/Team/Group Management component, a Security component, an Org Object Engine, a Publishing Engine, an Org Building Engine, and an Org/Data Management Engine.

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The Application Layer includes a User/Team/Group Management component to manage users, teams, and groups by using LDAP or other corporate directory standards. The users are allowed to define teams with access policies based on the roles of the members in the teams in the organization definition process. The Application Layer further includes a Security component that allows users to add, view, modify and delete information based on the requirements of the user. The Org Object Engine associated with the Application Layer enables an administrator and a user who builds the organizational structure to search for individual members or teams within the corporate organizational information through the Backend End Integration Layer. The individual members or the teams found after the search may be flagged for import or linking. Options may be provided to import/link just the node found, or a...