Virtual Enterprises
Ted Goranson

Virtual Enterprises and IBM

Five new capabilities were listed earlier, as being necessary to evolve current business models into the next generation: advanced virtual enterprises.

The first three (advertising, trust and worldview management infrastructures) can be mitigated by cultural means, human agents and hands-on practices. We know they can be handled by motivated people and low technology as described below, perhaps with a microloan partner.

The latter two challenges (reward-for-value tracking and process coordination) require new technical capability. IBM has some tools that can apply to this domain but that are not yet geared towards it.

Ideally, these two will be handled with one technical solution, because it makes sense to evaluate good process combinations in terms of beneficial value combinations. The same metrics used internally, to design the product’s processes, can also be applied to externally, in order to compensate the partners for the value they’ve added.

Our generic demonstration suggests the use of tools currently in development by IBM. This event processing software is called InfoSphere Streams. It is a whole new category of software. Instead of dealing with bits of data, it manages streams of information, which interact. Instead of the usual processing of discrete data, IBM’s architecture allows information about events to affect and cause other events. This makes it perfect for the management of process integration in an enterprise. The research already undertaken by Sirius-Beta will add new capabilities; this robust platform will support it.

The following example scenario is proposed, turning the microlending model into a virtual business enterprise, using the above infrastructure and research.

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