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Strategic Variability based Autonomous Functional elements Disclosure Number: IPCOM000246184D
Publication Date: 2016-May-13
Document File: 6 page(s) / 243K

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Enterprises are subject to continuous change and need to adapt by adjusting and extending information flows through their operating model. Techniques to adapt rely on creating flows at the enterprise level that glue together enterprise functions – with both flows and functions adjustable [1]. This construction process of enterprise solutions requires central control at the integration level and at the business function level to execute adjustments. The shift toward ecosystems implies less control over solution development and assembly than inside the enterprise context. Solution components are created and used independently. We propose a technique that creates autonomous adaptable components that can meet the strategic variability needs of ecosystem partners - as tested by strategic use cases. These elements can interact to establish each other’s supported scope of function and can connect into solutions that extend beyond the single enterprise landscape. This allows solution assembly to proceed in a more autonomous fashion without central control. Strategic use cases test how elements developed by different providers can integrate to provide the needs of different ecosystem participants.

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Strategic Variability based Autonomous Functional elements

The core idea of this invention is to introduce a new functional application element as the foundation for the construction of industry solutions within and across enterprises. This element implements the capability it supports as a set of patterns (or features) that cover a certain bandwidth of functionality. The bandwidth supports a scope of variations that depend on a number of sources of variability from the business model or the strategic context. The sources of variability determine the strategic agility to which the enterprise within the business function addressed by the functional element wants to respond with rapid change.

    Sources of variability are specified at the external interface of the functional elements and can be used to assess the applicability of the function for specific invocations. Configurability of the functional element itself is also accessible on the external interface and can be used to select the features that are applicable.

    By exposing variability and configurability on the interfaces, functional elements become 'clickable': they can combine into solutions within and across enterprise by interrogating each other's sources of variability and bandwidth of change. By supporting bandwidths of patterns that support strategic sources of variability, functional elements become' adaptable': once combined the can adapt to patterns of changes that originate from the sources of strategic variability supported.

    Together functional elements combined in this way allow for a new paradigm of assembling solutions, in which the consumers/providers can express the position of functional elements in a spectrum of strategic variability and configurability with respect to an ecosystem of participants, and a number of strategic use cases.

    Example : a tax agency is responsible for a number of legal taxation regulations for both citizens and enterprises, such as income and profit related tax, property and asset related tax, etcetera. The operating model that is populated with functional elements is depicted at the top of the Figure, and four functional elements are detailed at the bottom of the Figure. A new strategy that aims to improve the relationship with the tax payer creates two new functional elements. A single view functional element (2) is embedded in the front office - it provides tax payers with an

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integrated way to enter information that is required across regulations. A contextual interactions elements is embedded in the ecosystem with partners that host web sites on which tax payers perform taxeable interactinos - allowing direct application of tax rules. Tax statements are processed in the back office by specific inspection regimes that are dedicated to certain types of filings. Selection of the appropriate regime is performed in the mid office by a Processing Regime element (3). A case

workspace elements (3) with assessment patterns th...