The methodology will be captured in a resulting specification as output from the TC's efforts. The specification will provide business managers with a set of clearly defined methods with which to acquire agile and interoperable e-business information systems for a network of communities of interest.
The BCM TC will also extend upon existing bodies of work, such as the project work developed at the Department of Defense, Defense Finance and Accounting Service (http://www.dfas.mil) (reference site: http://www.dfas.info) and link this to the work of applicable OASIS TCs.
The BCM interoperability specification will be focused in three primary areas; (1) BCM templates, (2) information architecture and (3) connections:
BCM Templates - are pre-constructed components to common e-business scenarios that conform to and are illustrative of the BCM approach. Added to this is the linking and switching between these components to deliver easy interoperability. Key to enabling this linking and switching is vectoring based on scenarios of the business constraints and the use of context mechanisms per communities of interest. The specification will provide an illustrative collection of BCM templates which an organization can use as an initial basis for developing their own artifacts and products within their own communities to solve their interoperability problems. (It is anticipated that particular industry sectors within OASIS will participate in defining these, along with appropriate connection roadmaps).
BCM Collaborative Information Architecture - provides the underpinning for the templates and the understanding of how the individual components collaborate in BCM based solutions. For example in enhancing interoperability it is necessary to capture each artifact for interpretation of messages in order to better understand the semantics of the message. Collectively these relationships, links and structures provide the structure of the organization's ontology and how this would be shared within communities of interests.
Connections - the connections effort will work with business users and experts to develop scenarios with which to demonstrate the walkthrough of the BCM templates to validate interoperability across multiple deployed environments. The focus is on how BCM enhances and leverages existing frameworks and methodologies, and particularly specifications of other OASIS TCs. The deliverables include materials relevant to business managers' needs that will enable them to rapidly understand, assimilate and plan their own interoperability adoption strategies.
List of Deliverables
Business-Centric Methodology (BCM) specification - Early 2004