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Re: Use case for XG Recommendation: Integration of Business Information Systems

From: Kingsley Idehen <kidehen@openlinksw.com>
Date: Sat, 10 Jan 2009 19:13:27 -0500
Message-ID: <496939A7.5020803@openlinksw.com>
To: Sören Auer <soeren.auer@gmail.com>
CC: ashok.malhotra@oracle.com, public-xg-rdb2rdf <public-xg-rdb2rdf@w3.org>

On 1/10/09 1:03 PM, Sören Auer wrote:
>
> ashok malhotra wrote:
>> Thanks, Soeren!  I will put this in because we need an enterprise 
>> usecase but I wish we had one that was more specific.
>
> Ok, we can of course try to make it more specific. We can for example 
> integrate the following paragraph between the two existing ones:
>
> In Supply Chain Management (SCM), for example, it is vital to exchange 
> product catalogs and other goods related information within a network 
> of interconnected businesses involved in the ultimate provision of 
> product and service packages. Such information is stored in relational 
> databases and sometimes already exchanged electronically, but a 
> variety of different technologies are used (e.g. proprietary files, 
> XML files, DB dumps, Web Services etc.). Realizing a completely 
> electronic information flow requires significant initial investments 
> and currently limits the flexibility of businesses (e.g. with regard 
> to changes in business partners). The envisioned RDB2RDF mapping 
> language applied in conjunction with existing RDB based SCM systems 
> will support the use of RDF and unique identifiers for realizing 
> flexible information information flows accompanying supply chains.
>
> We could also add a sentence that this use-case will be evaluated with 
> Oracle and Virtuoso.
>
> Sören
>
>
Soren,

If you choose SCM then what about CRM and ERP?

I think we can cover a variety of enterprise usage scenarios in a single 
case, if we fashion the case being about: holistic views of enterprise 
data.

Making entities with identifiers that expose concrete entity 
relationship graphs derived from  data  across SCM, CRM, and ERP apps is 
the critical live wire yet to be exposed in "open fashion" in the MDM 
realm. A lot of RDBMS vendors, integrators, and developers are operating 
in the MDM realm at the current time, and they are grappling with these 
challenges. Even more so, this is something current RDBMS technology 
simply doesn't solve, hence the need for Rdb2Rdf.

The old "information at your finger tips" vision was about a point in 
time when a "mouse click" would be the single action en route to 
obtaining relevant information about anything from anywhere.  The 
"anything" and "anywhere"aspects of this vision  are best addressed via 
application of  EAV/CR (expressed in RDF) data management + HTTP 
Identifiers based data access, placed atop RDBMS and line-of-business 
applications databases.

I think we can knock something up that covers a value pyramid that has 
"holistic enterprise views" at the apex and functional specific views 
(CRM, SCM, ERP) at the lower levels. We can also add distributed 
collaborative applications (the knowledge creation, discovery, and 
dissemination aspect via Wikis, Blogs, Bookmarks etc.) to this mix.

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Regards,

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