[OBA Solution Framework Index]
[UPDATE: For more info on the "OBA RAP for Price Management" (OBA type #5 below) announced yesterday, read the blog posting by Moin here.]
Traditional business applications have mostly either provided collaboration (focus: information sharing), decision support (focus: BI, reporting, planning, event management), or transactional support (e.g. data entry).
However the rich capabilities of the Office system enable applications that can combine elements of collaboration, decision support, and collaboration into a single, unified user experience.
For example, the following screenshots show examples of different types of OBAs, and illustrate how collaboration, decision support and support for business transactions / process are brought together.
EXAMPLE: An inventory analyst gets an email (COLLABORATION) with information on a stockout. The email shows him tabular / graphical data in Outlook. He can click on the custom ribbon for Procurement, to pull up a list of Purchase Orders in a custom task pane filtered by the item / location / date of the stockout (DECISION SUPPORT). He can then select an order to expedite, which opens up a form within Outlook for him to make changes to the order (BUSINESS TRANSACTION).
This is one type of OBA, where the Office client is connecting to back end systems for data. A list of different types of OBA is as follows: