[OBA Solution Framework Index]
Office Business Applications (or OBAs) represent a good way to provide solutions for cross-functional business processes. Office Client applications allow users to interact with systems from using familiar interfaces. Office servers bring together structured and unstructured processes, data and documents. However it is important to understand that the platform capabilities required to support a business process, are more than just what you get with the Office System. The good news though, is that the Office system is a good way to surface capabilities from other platform technologies e.g. SQL Server (data, integration / reporting / analysis services), BizTalk Server (business process management / monitoring), Active Directory (identity management).
Before going into details on how to do this, let us look at what the anatomy of a business solution looks like. This will be done from the perspective of a software solution provider - packaging an OBA solution for subsequent deployment and implementation at a customer location. This high level overview will set the stage for more detailed drilldown in subsequent blog posts.
Any business solution will need to include some (or all) of the following elements. All of these elements can be supported through an OBA.