D2 5 Building Virtual Enterprise Based On Existing Workflow Technologies


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D2 5 Building Virtual Enterprise Based On Existing Workflow Technologies

  1. 1. Adam Mickiewicz University Building Virtual Enterprise based on existing workflow technologies Rafał Renk WfMC Forum Poland 2007 BPM In Practice October 8-9th, Poznań, Poland
  2. 2. A genda <ul><li>What is VISP? </li></ul><ul><li>Why VISP? </li></ul><ul><li>VISP Virtual Enterprise </li></ul><ul><li>Processes in VISP </li></ul><ul><li>High Level Architecture </li></ul><ul><li>VISP and SOA </li></ul><ul><li>General Technical Architecture </li></ul><ul><li>Summary </li></ul>
  3. 3. Basic project information <ul><ul><li>Project participants: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Perceval (Belgium) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Telscom (Switzerland) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Eozen (Luxembourg) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Valtech (France) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>UAM (Poland) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Eworx (Greece) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>FhI Fokus (Germany) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Mobiltek (Poland) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>WUT (Romania) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>ICCS (Bulgaria) </li></ul></ul></ul>Project name: VISP (Virtual ISP) Project type: Specific Targeted Research Project Start date: November 1, 2005 D uration: 32 months Total budget c.a. : 3,5 mln € More information: www.visp-project.org
  4. 4. What is VISP <ul><li>VISP is an IST FP6 Research and Development project whose objective is to develop a software platform enabling a cluster of SMEs to collaborate and operate as a single business entity , in multiple dynamic business models , for the automated production of tailored ISP solutions adapted to local business needs </li></ul>
  5. 5. Why - Where does it come from? <ul><li>LLU didn't really succeeded for small ISPs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Access infrastructure still closed to these ISPs for scalability reasons. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cost structure often directly proportional to the area size to be covered. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Small ISPs don't have the customer density but have to cover all areas. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Constrained by reselling wholesale services of incumbent operators. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Struggle to lower prices on typical added-value services </li></ul><ul><ul><li>E.g. e-mail, hosting, DNS, firewall, backup, etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Some are becoming expensive to provide: spam filtering, regulation, etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>These services are monolithic and easy to compete with. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Solution: try to differentiate by offering tailored services </li></ul><ul><ul><li>SMEs are more flexible than large companies. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>SMEs are stronger at local business </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Why service tailoring in particular? <ul><li>Two ways to reach profitability according to Porter </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Commoditize the services and go as quickly to the right as possible. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>To play in a niche market: almost infinite number of small players. </li></ul></ul>Market Share Profitability Small players Big players Niche markets, exceptional services, premium price Commodity services (mass market), lower prices, use efficiency of scale VISP: niche market of tailored services The famous Michael Porter's curve Challenge: getting bigger but not getting more profitable Challenge: specializing but not getting more profitable
  7. 7. What means service tailoring? 1) Select available ISP service like VoIP 2) Decompose ISP service into reusable parts 3) Compose new ISP service from the available parts – Service tailoring ( orchestration ) T oo many services (parts) to be done alone: cluster of partners ! VISP Service Architect
  8. 8. What is a VISP Virtual Enterprise ? Community or Virtual Enterprise Internal trading (economic models, new workflows) <ul><li>Partners are independent organisations (SMEs) with their own business objectives and strategies. </li></ul><ul><li>Business and technical workflows are required inside of the cluster with a common unique portfolio of services . </li></ul><ul><li>Every partner can sell services offered by all others and each new partner makes the Virtual ISP more attractive, stronger and resilient . </li></ul><ul><li>Ally : entity whose products and/or services help to enhance the demand of the cluster. </li></ul><ul><li>Supplier : entity from which the cluster or any other entity obtains goods, services or information. </li></ul>VISP cluster Supplier 1 Supplier 2 Supplier 3 Ally 1 Ally 2 Customer 1 Customer 2 Customer 3 Partner 1 Partner 3 Partner who is itself a cluster External trading (business model, classical Supply Chain Management and workflows)
  9. 9. <ul><li>Automating as much as possible - t ranslation of BPMN diagrams into executable BPEL </li></ul>Business and Technical processes
  10. 10. High level architecture
  11. 11. Main technical choices - SOA <ul><li>BPMN and BPEL </li></ul><ul><ul><li>process modeling and execution </li></ul></ul><ul><li>WebServices </li></ul><ul><ul><li>« KISS » inside – SOAP over HTTP </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>With WS-Addressing </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>« Business ready » outside </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>WS-ReliableMessaging </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>WS-Security </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>WS-Notification </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Services </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Data repositories </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mediation with Network elements and ERPs </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. SOA Principles during Service Instantiation in VISP 2) Request orchestrated ISP service 1) Announce available ISP service building blocks 3) Discover , select and configure appropriate ISP service building blocks 4) Consume instantiated ISP service 5) Superwise and reconfigure ISP service building blocks VISP Customer VISP Mediator & Controller VISP Partners
  13. 13. General t echnical architecture
  14. 14. Summary <ul><li>VISP is a project whose objective is to develop a software platform enabling a cluster of SMEs to collaborate and operate as a single business entity </li></ul><ul><li>Problems with openning telecommunication market for small ISP </li></ul><ul><li>Service tailoring (decomposition) </li></ul><ul><li>Intersection of two worlds: workflow and telecom technologies. </li></ul><ul><li>Two platforms: modelling and execution </li></ul><ul><li>VISP uses BPMN nad BPEL </li></ul><ul><li>VISP is based on SOA </li></ul>
  15. 15. Thank you! Any questions?