Interoperability is one of the major preoccupations designers have for the system design of today and of the future.
- systems increasingly span more organization silos, where previously they had been contained within. The result of this overflow is that information has to transit through more and more different entities.
- vast systems are built by connecting smaller systems – systems federation – (merging organizational entities and job roles, pooling, externalization…).
- complex systems are split into connecting subsystems to try to reduce the complexity.
- technologies still diversify with no convergence in perspective.
- Business-to-Business and convergent strategic businesses seem tempting despite some insurmountable difficulties.
One of the key issues regarding interoperability today is the difficulty to exchange data, including in the form of service requests. Attempts to resolve these exchange problems are focused on technical descriptions of the data, on the basis that the meaning of the data, sometimes having been manipulated for decades, is clear, obvious and non-conflicting. This is an error. The concepts are not shared, the meaning of the data is not clear and no consensus is available.
Open Business Concepts (OBC) are the answer to the issues. They are:
- standard models of business concepts: useable through enterprises, silos, domains, business...
- rich and powerful tools: useable in a wide range of domains
- considered as a semantic model part in the semantic aspect
- adaptable: you can create or derive your own models if you accept to reduce the interoperability with your own environment
- free to use: see the PXI license
- structured by the Business Concepts Domains high-level structure
Business Concepts Domains (BCD) are the first level for structuring the OBCs, the highest level of classification. It is the starting point for reducing complexity in the Semantic Aspect.