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Role Description

Business Architects are the experts (internal or external to the User organization of the supply chain actor) that are in charge of configuring FIspace for their individual business needs. Particularly they define customized collaborative workflows and connect those workflows with FIspace Apps and backend systems.

The functionality to be provided to users depends on the availability of defined and configured business processes or workflows which represent the business information needs and in which these workflows are connected to the appropriate Apps, backend systems, and IoT devices. Business architects, are in charge of developing and configuring these workflows in FIspace. In particular they will define customized collaborative workflows and connect those workflows with FIspace Apps and backend systems.

The role of Business Architects is to ensure reusability along a number of lines. A farmer for instance may use almost the same business process collaboration for the same crop over time and fore different crops and resources without further assistance provided that the instantiation mechanisms allow the same business process model (BPM) to be instantiated for these differing situations. Similarly the same BPM can be instantiated by other farmers who enter into similar co-operations for their own crops.


If you are a FIspace Business Architect, we recommend you start with the Business Architect Guide.

Afterwards, you may want to read further FIspace documentation, ideally in the following order:

  1. Learn about the features and models of the B2B Collaboration Core (B2B Core), which includes the language and authoring tools for defining Business Entity models (in the form of declarative business process models) and event-processing networks.

  2. Learn about the features of the FIspace App Store, that will explain how to search and purchase Apps to be mashed up as part of business processes.

  3. If needed, access the documentation of System & Data Integration (SDI), as this is the central access point through which you will be able to connect and integrate external systems (such as legacy) and data sources.

  4. Understand how to configure the Cloud Service Bus (CSB) in order to bind messages and events from external systems, data sources and Apps to your business processes described in the form of Business Entity models.

Note: One important design consideration for building the FIspace platform and Apps is the operational model of FIspace. This model differs in important ways from the traditional smartphone App model:

  • Contrary to the smartphone App model, FIspace Apps will announce the capabilities they require in order to provide the capabilities they offer. You, as a business architect can then use these "reusable" Apps and wire and mash them up by defining Business Entity models.
  • You can find more information on the FIspace operational model here.
  • You can find an introduction to the concept of capability types here.