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Business model variability based Configuration artifacts Disclosure Number: IPCOM000246781D
Publication Date: 2016-Jun-30
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Enterprises need to continually reconfigure their ICT landscape to support new products, new customers and new processing methods. A common approach in the ICT provider industry is to develop solution platforms with a certain generic scope that can be configured using a separate configuration environment. When viewed across the large enterprise landscape this creates the challenge of integrating the configuration artefacts - that are technical in nature and require development cycles to be performed in the ICT departments of the enterprise, putting the business at a distance. We propose a technique that defines business configuration artefacts that are designed separately from the specific metadata technology and constructs them in such a way that they cover the scope of adaptability that the enterprise business operations require, are aligned with the adaptatabilty scope of the business model and with representations that can be maintained by business oriented people.

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Business model variability based Configuration artifacts

The core idea of this invention is construct business configuration artefacts that model the variability in the business model [6] and that are converted into the technical artefacts the solution platforms need.

It comprises of the following steps:

Create business configuration artefact that model variability in the operational constituents of the business model (such as products, customers, and partners) and that align with the configuration bandwidths of functional elements that support the enterprise business operations.

Create these as multi-level hierarchies with metaphors that are intuitive and easy to understand to the business user
Integrate business configuration artefacts into a business configuration centers, convert and propagate them into technical configuration artefacts that are required by the platform technologies that support configurability of functional elements.

Business configuration artefacts: are constructed to link business model variability and the bandwidths of the technical capability (see the left part of the Figure below):

Establishing the design constituents of the business model (right middle part of the Figure) and their ranges, and how these can be segmented and assembled into families of products, customers, partners, et cetera.

Establishing the bandwidths of technical capability that are supported by the construction constituents of the business model (right bottom part of the Figure)



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Linking the business model constituent variations with the bandwidths of technical capabilities by designing configuration artefacts. Multi-level hierarchies:

Construct business configuration artefacts ranging from simple single level to


complex multi-level hierarchies with change paths of increasing depth and complexity

Simple selections of pattern features and parameterizations can configure versions of products/customers/partners related changes,
Design of new patterns can extend the range of a family,
Integration and extension of enterprise resources into upgraded or new capability combinations can support new families.

For the various business functions in the enterprise that require configuration,


the key characteristics are used to create a metaphor that matches how business users experience the business function and its role in the enterprise operating environment.

They produce metaphors like a feature based product, a production line based assembly of products, a replenishment process of inventory, a

warehouse holding stock, a roles based organizational structure, etcetera.[2,

Example - Single Window: is an application component that is used in enterprises or governmental institutions to integrate the customer interactions. The basic metaphor applied to configure the Single Window is that of selling a family of configurable products/services that consist of features that can be targeted (matched) to customer segments. In...