US 9,811,790 B2
E-business value web
Marybeth Ahern, Oak Hill, VA (US); and Michael J. Law, Herndon, VA (US)
Assigned to International Business Machines Corporation, Armonk, NY (US)
Filed by Marybeth Ahern, Oak Hill, VA (US); and Michael J. Law, Herndon, VA (US)
Filed on May 15, 2012, as Appl. No. 13/471,867.
Application 13/471,867 is a division of application No. 10/643,987, filed on Aug. 20, 2003, granted, now 8,548,837.
Prior Publication US 2012/0226516 A1, Sep. 6, 2012
Int. Cl. G06Q 10/00 (2012.01); G06Q 10/06 (2012.01); H04L 12/911 (2013.01)
CPC G06Q 10/0631 (2013.01) [G06Q 10/06 (2013.01); G06Q 10/0639 (2013.01); G06Q 10/06312 (2013.01); G06Q 10/06375 (2013.01); H04L 47/783 (2013.01)] 22 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A method for providing a service for tracking and managing changes, the method comprising the steps of:
providing a hierarchical visual management tool implemented in a processor and operable to automatically manage and update relational information within a hierarchy, wherein:
the relational information comprises at least one goal, one or more values, one or more strategic capabilities, and one or more resources, and
the relational information are manipulated by a user via a graphical user interface,
which is configured to display each level of the hierarchy such that a hierarchy tree is maintained for the user's visual relational comprehension;
establishing the at least one goal for establishing an endpoint of an evolutionary change to an enterprise architecture;
associating the one or more values that define requirements of the evolutionary change with the at least one goal;
affiliating with the one or more values, the one or more strategic capabilities that represent functions that are present to support the one or more values;
identifying the one or more resources that represent enterprise components with the one or more strategic capabilities;
defining one or more metrics to gauge performance for each of the one or more resource's contributions to a parent node within the hierarchy tree comprising the one or more values; and
hierarchically maintaining and updating relationships of the at least one goal, the one or more values, the one or more strategic capabilities and the one or more resources, wherein the hierarchically maintaining and updating the relationships comprises:
assigning weights to each of the one or the one or more resource's contributions to a qualitative value of the parent node;
estimating iteratively the qualitative value of the parent node for various options comprising different combinations of the one or more resources based on the defined one or more metrics and the assigned weights for each of the one or more resources;
selecting the one or more strategic capabilities for delivery of the one or more values based on an optimum qualitative value;
updating the hierarchy tree to include a hierarchical relationship between at least the parent node comprising the one or more values, the selected one or more strategic capabilities, and the one or more resources that provided the optimum qualitative value and dynamically maintaining a database as changes are made in real-time; and
streamlining a decision making tool by capturing and displaying all of the current resources that an organization has and how they relate to an organization's mission based on the dynamically maintained database as changes are made in real-time,
wherein the graphical user interface is further configured to provide dynamic links on a currently displayed display page for linking to at least architecture artifacts.