Microsoft Corporation (Redmond, WA)

Methods and systems to populate attribute value fields in an entity object employ in a ranked list of transfer options in order to decide which of a plurality of transfer options are utilized to fill the fields of attribute value in the entity object.

To ensure efficiency, companies and other organizations typically keep records of various aspects of their operations. The organizational data can comprise details about the various entities (people, resources, applications, etc.) that make up the organization. For example, organizational information descriptive of an employee may include their name, position title, salary, telephone number, or internet protocol (IP)address. An application’s application name and the associated services can be part of the organizational information. The information of an organization about a resource could include the name of the application and associated services. It could also identify the device as that is connected to the network (e.g. printing equipment, for instance) and the capabilities it provides. There are many other kinds of organizational information may be kept.

The company’s information is generally stored in several data storage repositories. A data repository may be managed by HR department. It may contain information on every employee. The information technology (IT) department might possess a repository of all passwords and internet protocol (IP) addresses associated with employees and their applications, resources, and so on. In a typical organization, each of the data repositories is independentlymaintained by the department that owns the repository. For instance, the HR department is responsible for its own employee data, while the IT department is responsible for its own network data. However, the data in these repositories frequently overlap,meaning that some data may be shared between several repositories.

Each of the repository’s data is independently controlled by the department responsible for maintaining the repository. There may be data shared between the repositories. Inconsistencies could arise between the repositories. For instance, the HR department repository could contain employee “John Smith,” and might include an email address of “johns@company.com;” the IT department could initially have John Smith’s email address listed as “johns@company.com,” but may change the address to “johnsm@company.com” whenanother employee “John Simpson” is hired by the company. The IT department could change John Smith’s email addresses in the IT repository. However John Smith’s email addresses will not be consistent with John Smith’s account in the HR department repository. For any other reason, data stored in data repositories may become inconsistent within an company. Companies will usually try to manage their repository of data in a way which keeps them current as well as accessible and accurate.

In theory, to effectively and efficiently manage the organization’s data it is possible that the different repository of data could be replaced with one central repository that could be modified by the various organizational departments but this option is not practical due to a number of reasons. In practice, this is impossible because of the political boundaries between the departments of an organization. Additionally, departments typically would like to control their own data. Furthermore, most departments use the division of labor model. Each department has only the knowledge that is relevant to the information they deal with. It is therefore impossible to have HR departments update their HR department update IP address information and email addressinformation within a single repository.

In the end, traditional systems to manage the organization’s data repositories as well as the associated information about organizations involve linking the multiple repositories, while allowing the departments to modify their own repository. In traditional systems, data from each of the various repository (remote repositories) is read by an associated interface, which negotiates between the repository and the central repository which represents an amalgamation of data in all therepositories. Each interface moves data from the remote repositories into the central repository.

It will be obvious that in order to ensure that the central repository remains consistent and organized with the data, there must be some control over the data coming from remote repositories. Traditional systems employ the “authoritativesource model” to determine which data is required to be uploaded to the central repository. In accordance with the authoritative source model, only one repository can be designatedas the primary source for every given unit of data in the central repository. One remote repository, or its interface is granted the right to alter any element of data contained in the central repository. An example: In an organization with an IT department repository or an HR department repository, the IT department repository could be designated as the primary source of information about employee telephone numbers within employee records. The HRdepartment repository might be the sole source for employee passwords in the employee records.

In a typical model based on the authoritative source model, the manner in how an authoritative source is actualized within the system is through coding the designated authoritative source into one or more processes in the system, using scripts and thelike. This can be difficult to alter the authoritative source, or takes excessive time. Additionally, as the authoritative source model can only allow one authoritative source to be allocated to any given piece of data, that item could remain in a state of flux for a certain period of time, if the chosen authoritative source is unavailable or otherwise not accessible to the system.

The systems described herein comprise various methods techniques, data structures and methods that facilitate consistent and well ordered representation of combined data in a central repository. One of the embodiments is that a method writes an attribute to an attribute of central repository in line with the transfer option chosen if the attribute’s transfer option is the highest-ranked option in a ranked list.

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