(54) COMPUTER CONTROLLED SYSTEM FOR MODULARIZING THE INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY STRUCTURE OF A BUSINESS ENTERPRISE INTO A STRUCTURE OF HOLONIC SELF-CONTAINED MODULES
(75) Inventors: Vic Datta, Oak Hill, VA (US); Ralph
Hodgson, Port Ludlow, WA (US); Irene
Polikoff, Rye, NY (US); Rahul Saxena,
Penfield, NY (US)
(73) Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation, Armonk, NY (US)
( * ) Notice: Subject to any disclaimer, the term of this patent is extended or adjusted under 35 U.S.C. 154(b) by 1291 days.
(21) Appl. No.: 10/042,483
(22) Filed: Jan. 9, 2002
(65) Prior Publication Data
US 2003/0130860 Al Jul. 10, 2003
(51) Int. CI.
G06F 9/44 (2006.01)
(52) U.S. CI 717/104; 717/102; 717/120;
(58) Field of Classification Search 717/164 169,
717/102-120; 725/1; 709/318; 714/38;
700/28; 705/1, 10, 400 See application file for complete search history.
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A system for facilitating the reorganization of the information technology of a business organization into a structure that is modular and, thus, interchangeable between business units within the enterprise, and particularly within World Wide Web enterprises involving several correlated companies.
A computer controlled system is provided for modularizing the information technology structure of a business organization into a structure of interchangeable holonic selfcontained modules, with each module performing a set of related functions comprising means for providing a plurality of sets of self-controlling holons, with each holon in each set performing a business capability of the same type as performed by the other holons in its respective set but each set of holons performing a different business capability type than the other sets of holons. A plurality of integration holons are provided, with each integration holon respectively integrating the holons in one of said sets to provide a coordinated overall business capability of one of said different types. The system also provides for modularizing the information technology structure of a business organization so that each integration holon integrates the holons in one of the sets to unitary overall combination business capability holon. Such combined sets of holons may perform a World Wide Web business capability, an internal business organization capability and/or a data processing organization type of capability.