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Method and Apparatus for Model Triggered Resource Configuration in cloud environments

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000236436D
Publication Date: 2014-Apr-25
Document File: 5 page(s) / 130K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a Model Triggered Resource Manager (MTRM) apparatus that works within Business Process Management (BPM) tools to enable the system to trigger the configuration of the resource when a new activity or a work unit is added in the workflow or when nonfunctional characteristics are changed and published as a new version.

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Method and Apparatus for Model Triggered Resource Configuration in cloud environments

Service oriented architecture (SOA), Business Process Management (BPM) and Cloud-based architectures are known paradigms. Cloud computing has key concepts of automation, virtualization, metering, monitoring, etc. and has service-based layers such as Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure as-a-Service (IaaS). From the cloud reference, architecture the BPaaS is about intelligently consuming services from the SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS layer.

Cloud service providers (CSP) may offer Business Process as a Service (BPaaS) or may offer Business Process Management (BPM) software through a SaaS offering. Existing enterprises (e.g., telecom companies or media and entertainment companies) may have business processes implemented through BPM. Both these types of enterprises may have BPM applications with short-running or long-running processes (which may be SOA or non-SOA).

In a BPaaS offering, the processes may require the addition or removal of workflow activities and associated resources (used by the business process) and may require dynamic configuration based on the tenant requirements. The resource can include the working storage area, logical resources, profiles etc.

An addition or a change in the workflow activity involves all the resource activation and configuration and has an impact on the order fulfillment scenario.

Known solutions are not model-triggered configurations. With current solutions, an incorrect configuration as the result of manual steps or through a specific automated script can lead to order fallout and affects the Fixed Asset utilization of an organization; this then leads to a negative impact on revenue. In addition, the resource capabilities are not efficiently matched for the activities and most of the time are not visible at the enterprise level.

The novel contribution is a Model Triggered Resource Manager (MTRM) apparatus that works within Independent Software Vendor (ISV) BPM tools. The MTRM provides a Graphical User Interface (GUI) that enables the system to trigger the configuration of the resource when a new activity or a work unit is added in the workflow or when nonfunctional characteristics are changed and published as a new version. The MTRM:

1. Queries the process model and service model to find the associated resources 2. Derives the resource characteristics and the location of the resource from the resource catalog
3. Initiates the resource configuration for each of the activity per tenant

The proposed solution of the MTRM consists of the following key components or features (Figure 1):

Model Repository: This repository consists of all the versioned process templates (or)

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process models, Service models, Message Models, Operational models, and associated resource templates. It also stores the navigational relationship from Process Model to Service Model and from Service...