Microsoft Corporation (Redmond, WA)

The subject is a good example of flexible rules that could be used to create an information management procedure. This includes, for instance an approach to managing information transferred between databases or to an exemplary metadirectory. The flexible rules are built-in logic to define part of an information management process or database structure, and make a call to custom logic. The custom logic defines or performs another information management process. The subject includes instances of rules that are flexible and related methods.

A typical company has a variety of accounts directories, storage repositories and storage and systems that contain information about people, computers, and networks. In most cases, these sources of information aren’t always designed to cooperate or achieve a uniformity or harmony of information. For instance, a firm’s network settings including printer configurations, telephone system configurations and quality of service policies and computer network settings can be distributed across multiple clients’ computers, servers, and network devices. Network security policy may reside in both network devices and firewalls. A company’s management profile, company policy, and personnel database may be spread across different directories on different servers.Employee demographics may reside partly on email servers that have mailbox and address information, and partly in other various accounts and departments, such as recruiting, payroll, employee benefits, production scheduling, and performance evaluation.Information spread across these various repositories is typically uncoordinated and/or redundant. Furthermore each system or account uses a slightly different storage format so the data may be inconsistent or not complete when compared to an imagined complete record of identifying data (e.g. “identity data”) regarding an individual or a company. For example an employee’s health record could have an insufficient or inaccurate home address if it is not accessed often.

To address these issues different systems use master directory schematas, such as metadirectory systems that attempt to unify identities from diverse sources into a single record of the preferred information, or at least into apreferred format. Metadirectories could offer a view of several directories. They might be able to organize and manage information that is from several directories. This allows data to move across connected directories.

Conventional schemes tend to be too rigid or flexible. Rigid codes provide canned code that does not allow users, such as large companies, to design an efficient master directory system that is tailored to their specific requirements. Rigid codes limit a business’s capability to integrate only those information objects and attributes that are permissible by the code. This may result in an inability to integrate other objects, or sometimes need to integrate objects that the company does not need.

Flexible schemes do not provide a structurally sound foundation upon the which an effective integrated information system can be built. That is, by spending a lot of money and time the possibility of a flexible system can be created that is tailored to the specific requirements of data integration for the largest business However, creating the final workable system is like reproducing the complexity of an operating system by starting from scratch. The resulting system would be expensive and so completely custom-designed and integrated with the original business entity that it would not be usable at an alternative business entity.

The subject covers flexible rules that can be used to create an information management process. For instance an approach to manage the transfer of information between databases. Flexible rules are able to define a part of an information management task or a database structure, and call for custom logic. Custom logic executes or specifies a different part of the information management action or database structure.Besides the flexible rules that are exemplary and the subject matter outlines examples of identity information management processes, engines, and other techniques.

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