Project Goals and Scope
Jan Burse, created Mar 23. 2009
In this second blog entry I would to start with showing what it is all about for www.jekejeke.ch. One of the main goals during the HTA project was the exploration of computer based methods to define and apply product profiles. An interdisciplinary team of experts joined together and by means of a multistep process corresponding sub systems were sketched and later realized.
Each team member was free to implement the sub system in their own technology. The result were client server gui applications, mixtures of web clients with applets and pure web clients. What was common among the sketches, was the attempt to go to the boundaries of each topic. For the definition and application not only elementary process profiles were considered, but it was also tried to advance towards system profiles. Further besides the definition and application, the extraction of product profiles from catalogue texts was also considered.
For the given follow-up project we will try to approach the problem from a totally different side. Similarly like WB DATA AG already tried, our goal is to integrate product profiles into a practical application. But we do not want to stick to the topic of construction engineering and we do not to take into account side conditions such as the SIA software interfaces etc.. Further we do not desire to look at the maximum of possibilities of product profiles. Moreover we are interested in the requirements for most simple product profiles from the view point of a web based sales system.
The question arises how to approach this problem? Well we decided to proceed as during the start up of a company by means of a business plane, financing, implementation, etc.. whereas we will try to minimize the risk. This means that we will handle it as a small internally financed project of XLOG Technologies GmbH with clearly defined exit points.
The first exit point would have been an unsatisfactory business plan. But we discovered that a sales system, as such as we have examined it in our business plan, would give us some benefit. Therefore the business plan was followed by an IT architecture. The IT architecture was born in the form of bundles of very abstract use cases. An example of such a bundle can be seen here. The next exit point would have been an IT architecture which is obviously above our own possibilities.
The evaluation of the IT architecture shows that the knowledge based systems technology part is vanishing small. Possibly this is due to the fact that we concentrate on simple product profiles and on simple means to define and apply them. The majority of the effort is in the enhancement of the existing frameworks, in the interfacing of existing applications and the modelling of the functionality needed for a simple sales system. How we will deal with all that you will be able to see here live.