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A Cognitive Pattern-Based Method for Designing and Expediting Business and IT Solutions

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000244533D
Publication Date: 2015-Dec-18
Document File: 6 page(s) / 90K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a cognitive pattern-based method for designing and expediting business and IT solutions that comprises a solution engine that collects, assembles, and analyzes the existing data of current configuration tools to access information about hardware and software configurations, the associated costs, and labor rates. The system checks the compatibility of the proposed architecture against industry and/or organization pattern architecture, and then, through interaction with the solution architect, designs the solution and calculates the cost in near real time.

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A Cognitive Pattern-Based Method for Designing and Expediting Business and IT Solutions

Developing Information Technology (IT) proposals that require the integration of hardware, software, and related services requires a great amount of time and expertise, which includes the integration of many Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) and gathering of information from various areas of the organization. Such integration is lacking in current systems. Proposals also require rough cost estimates, which also extend the solutions development process.

The solution design process for IT systems, depending on the complexity, components used (e.g., Commercial Off-The-Shelf (COTS) or internal applications), the existing infrastructure leveraged, and the way the organization organizes and documents its solution components, can take from week to months. This is a problem because clients desire a proposal for the solution costs and design as soon as possible.

A method is needed to enable the sales team and solutions architects to develop configuration scenarios in near real -time. That method needs to allow clients and solution architects to visualize, change, and validate in a mobile platform the solution designed along with a rough estimate of the solution costs. The method should be easy to implement and provide flexibility (e.g., drag and drop functionality). This method should leverage the mobile solution and may use a solution engine that collects , assembles, and analyzes existing data from hardware, software, and labor rates against industry based architectures. In order to guide the solution development, the method can leverage a pattern-based approach.

An extensive search was performed and no similar method was found that claims what is proposed in this disclosure document .

The novel contribution is a cognitive pattern-based method for designing and expediting business and IT solutions. The method comprises a solution engine that collects, assembles, and analyzes the existing data of current configuration tools to access information about hardware and software configurations, the associated costs, and labor rates. The system checks the compatibility of the proposed architecture against industry and/or organization pattern architecture, and then, through interaction

with the solution architect, designs the solution and calculates the cost in near real time. The model uses a drag-and-drop interface and runs in mobile devices (e.g., phones and tablets). The model engine can be hosted in a cloud environment so it can be accessed from anywhere at any time. The output is an architecture overview and total cost produced in near real time.

Figure 1: Scenario with the proposed solution. The method enables interaction with the various tools to design the solution and expedite the solution design.

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Figure 2: High-level architecture. The solution architect interacts with some mobile application to quickly develop the proposed solution. In t...