They say any large software project is hopelessly outdated by the time it is finished. That presumes that you are following case studies and expect the technology to reach the “peak of inflated expectations” before doing anything. By that time the initial clear message is so overloaded by hype, the chances of doing it wrong are high.
Business Abstraction actively monitors “Technology Triggers” in the relevant areas to identify ideas that likely to become big in the next few years. None of these ideas is ready for a massive enterprise transformation project. They should however be known to forward-looking enterprise strategists, and in some cases be investigated in an “Innovative Project” format.
Enterprise as a Platform (EaaP) is a rigorous implementation of the ideas of Service-Oriented Architecture pioneered by Amazon.com Inc. Several other enterprises, like Jestar Airways under leadership of Alan Joyce, followed similar approach without much focus on IT implementation.
Business Abstraction’s Alex Jouravlev can be credited with introducing the term.
Under EaaP the whole enterprise, with the exception of legally mandated board of directors and an executive team, is split into Business Services. The capabilities of each Business Service can be either offered to external parties for additional revenue, or sourced from external parties for cost savings.
Operational capabilities of each Business Service should be accessible via electronic means, with SOAP or HTTP REST being the obvious candidates. There are some technical challenges in providing, securing and orchestrating such access, however they are solvable with various SOA-oriented tools.
The main challenge of EaaP is the rediscovery of the enterprise as an information-based aggregator of Business Services. Needless to say, the traditional Business Processes Model of an enterprise is too complicated to support such re-discovery. Business Abstraction approach is based on Enterprise Service Transformation Draft that produces highly abstract overview of Enterprise Capabilities and their realisation via Business Services.
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Social Branch ™ is the Business Abstraction initiative to enable deeper penetration of social graph-related information and technologies into enterprise operations.
We believe that Social is more than just an additional medium for advertising and PR. Internet started with basic Web presence and ended with major re-engineering of the operation of enterprises. Some of the points are discussed in the blog post.
We believe Social will become a major channel critical for the enterprise’s performance and in many cases the very survival. For some sections of the private sector if will see the emergence of new products and new ways of running the business. To public service agencies it will bring new policy instruments, higher effectiveness, as well as new expectations from the public.
Social Communication Modelling
As Social graph become available to external software, we should revise the term "Enterprise" to include not only the suppliers and regulators, but also the community of individuals who are or may become consumers. To address this, Business Abstraction developed techniques for modelling social communication aligned with our Business-level Modelling.