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.
The Business Framework Consumption Bundle includes a set of GEis that support different monetization and revenue sharing features of SBFs. The different GEis included in this bundle are:
- Marketplace RI (Marketplace GEi): This GEi is in charge of bringing together offering and demand allowing the publication and search of offerings that are offered in different Stores. The Marketplace also includes some lateral functions such as review, rating and recommendation of offerings.
- Repository RI (Repository GEi): This GEi provides a consistent uniform API to USDL service descriptions and associated media files for applications and services offered in the business framework.
- WStore (Store GEi): While the 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, WStore GEi is in charge of the final business transaction (buying) and the whole back office process; that is, the end-to-end managing of offerings and sales including the charging of the customer.
- RSS GEi: This GEi is in charge of distributing the revenues originated by the business transactions of a given application among several stakeholders involved. In particular, it focuses on sharing part of the revenue generated by an application between WStore GEi instance provider and the service provider(s) responsible for the offering. Note: The RSS GE does not have a recipe, but it is available as a global instance in the FIWARE Lab. Therefore, the blueprint for this bundle does not configure this GEri. Nevertheless, the user guide of the Store GEri (see Administration section) explains how to connect the Store to a RSS instance once it has been deployed (e.g through this blueprint)
It is necessary to remark that this bundle requires to be deployed in a FIWARE instance since it requires an Identity Manager to work. Note that for a correct management of the business process, user and organization information should be shared by the different GEis
Some of the key features provided by this bundle include
- Support for Linked USDL standard, including storage of services and offerings USDL descriptions thought Repository-RI.
- Creation of offerings under different pricing models (including payments, subscriptions and pay-per-use) allowing the monetization of applications and services thought WStore (Store GEi).
- Publication of offerings offered in WStore in Marketplace-RI in order to allow making then visible to a higher number of potential customers
- Search, comparison and acquisition of offerings thought Marketplace-RI and WStore.
- Support for sharing the different revenues, generated during the business process, between the involved stakeholders thought the RSS GEi.
- Support for storing business transactions through the RSS GEi.
Why to get it
On the one hand, The Business Framework Consumption Bundle offers an environment where service providers can meet potential customers bringing together offering and demand while supporting the complete offering live cycle, from the creation and publication of service and application offerings under flexible and complex pricing models, to the acquisition and charging of those offerings including the revenue sharing between the involved stakeholders.
On the other hand, the Business Framework Consumption Bundle relies in the Linked USDL standard for the definition of offerings providing fully support for this standard and storage for the different documents that describe the offered digital assets.
Generic enablers of the bundle
The different Catalogue pages describing GEs included in the Business Framework Consumption Bundle can be found following: