What you get
Service Business Frameworks (SBFs) represent one of the cornerstones of service ecosystems. The key objective of a SBF is to build and support an ecosystem of applications and services that is sustainable and fosters innovation as well as cross-fertilization. In particular, it consists of a number of interrelated components that support managing services in the business framework across the whole service lifecycle: from creation and composition of services to monetization and revenue sharing.
One key component of the SBF provided by FI-WARE is a Store for selling services to both consumers and developers of Future Internet applications and services and for end-to-end managing of offerings and sales.
While a marketplace is a platform for many stores to place their offerings to a broader audience and consumers to search and compare services and find the store where to buy, a store is owned by a store owner who has full control over a specific service/app portfolio and offerings. The final business transaction (buying) is done at the store and the whole back office process (end-to-end managing of offerings and sales) is handled by the store.
By using the WStore GEri you have access to the following key features:
- Support for accounting callbacks
- Support for rich pricing models (including pricing parts for service compositions, composite apps and mashups, pay-per-use modalities, etc.)
- Support for charging
- Support for billing
- Support for revenue sharing
- Integrated support for PayPal
- Support for the FIWARE Marketplace, Repository and Revenue Sharing GEs
- Support for the linked-USDL standard
- Integrated with the WireCloud GEri by design
Note: The Business Framework in general, and the WStore GEri in particular, are at the core of the FIWARE infrastructure and are therefore intended to be installed by FIWARE platform providers when setting up and configuring a new instance of the FIWARE instance node. They are not intended to be deployed/configured by a developer. Developers are encouraged to use the global instance of the WStore provided in the FIWARE Lab. Nevertheless, we provide an installer for stand-alone instances of the WStore, along with recipes and blueprints to install it in the Cloud portal (using the PaaS Manager), and the corresponding installation guides.
Why to get it
The design of the Store generic enabler does not focus on consumer-centric mobile apps, but on selling enterprise-level apps and cloud services that will leverage the FIWARE platform in general and its business framework in particular. Its integrated support for pricing (including pay-per-use modalities), accounting, charging, billing and revenue sharing will position it one step ahead of the current market.