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Patent Application Titled "Method, System, and Computer Program Product for Efficient Resource Allocation" Published Online

July 3, 2014



By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Computer Weekly News -- According to news reporting originating from Washington, D.C., by VerticalNews journalists, a patent application by the inventor Herbert, Elizabeth (Coral Springs, FL), filed on December 11, 2012, was made available online on June 19, 2014.

The assignee for this patent application is American Express Travel Related Services Company, Inc.

Reporters obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "Corporate sector companies and/or institutions such as banks, manufacturing companies, software firms, and the like (hereinafter referred to as 'institutions'), use human resources for execution of a project. These institutions may want differently skilled human resources for the project. The institutions may hire human resources on contractual basis from a third party supplier and/or hire directly for the project. At instances where the institution hires the human resources from the third party supplier, the institution may provide consideration to the third party supplier in exchange for the human resources. The consideration may be based on skills, proficiency and experience, of the human resources as claimed by the third party supplier. In some instances, one or more individuals of the hired human resources may not show efficiency levels, proficiency and/or skills when deployed on the project. The institution may have to train the one or more human resources to enable the one or more human resources to reach to a proficiency to work on the project. As a result, the project may get delayed. Also, the training may include investment on the one or more human resources in terms of time, resources and/or compensation. Consequently, the institution may suffer losses due to delay in project, and investment on the one or more resources."

In addition to obtaining background information on this patent application, VerticalNews editors also obtained the inventor's summary information for this patent application: "The present disclosure improves upon existing systems and methods by providing a tool for associating the proper resources to a development project. For instance, according to various exemplary embodiments, a computer based system for efficient resource allocation may be configured to identify minimum skills for development of a software tool. The computer based system may be further configured to identify elements of the software tool to be provided. The computer based system may be configured to establish a maximum timeline for completion of the elements of the software tool, based on the elements identified. The computer based system may be further configured to determine a proficiency status level appropriate to complete the development of the software tool based on the identified skills and the elements.

"According to various embodiments, the proficiency status level appropriate to complete the development of the software tool, such as a minimum proficiency status level, may comprise a developer having a proficiency status level that is at least equal to the proficiency status level, such as this minimum proficiency status level. The computer based system for efficient resource allocation may he configured to perform a skills assessment of a developer of the software tool. Also, the computer based system for efficient resource allocation may be configured to perform a proficiency status level assessment of a developer of the software tool. The skills described herein may comprise at least one of technical software architecture skills, business process knowledge, and software tool interface knowledge. Software tool interface knowledge may comprise of the ability to identify and differentiate work objects, work folders, and work cover.

"According to various exemplary embodiments, the proficiency status level may comprise at least one of a beginner, minimum, experienced, core, and expert. For instance, the beginner proficiency status level indicates a developer is able to design, write code and test a simple PegaRULES Process Commander (PRPC) use case with guidance, has no business process knowledge, and no software tool interface knowledge. The minimum proficiency status level indicates a developer is able to design, write code and test a simple PegaRULES Process Commander (PRPC) use case independently, has a minimum business process knowledge, and minimum software tool interface knowledge. The experienced proficiency status level indicates a developer is able to design, write code and test a moderate PegaRULES Process Commander (PRPC)/SD (Smart Disputes) use case with guidance, has experience with business processes, has experience with software tool interfaces and can guide business rules teams. The core proficiency status level indicates a developer is able to design, write code and test a moderate PegaRULES Process Commander (PRPC)/SD use case independently and utilize guidance to design, write code and test a complex PegaRULES Process Commander (PRPC)/SD use case. The core proficiency status level indicates the developer has core level experience which may include guidance with business processes, has core level experience with software tool interfaces and can guide business rules teams and process design. The expert proficiency status level indicates a developer is able to design, write code and test a complex PegaRULES Process Commander (PRPC)/SD use case independently and has expert level experience with business processes, has expert level experience with software tool interfaces and can guide business rules teams and process design.

"According to various exemplary embodiments, the computer based system for efficient resource allocation may be configured to assign a developer having the appropriate proficiency status level to the development of the software tool,

"The computer based system for efficient resource allocation may be configured to evaluate the projected timeline based on the proficiency status level of the developer assigned, In many cases, the compensation of a developer may be based, at least in part, on a proficiency status level of the developer, The elements of the software tool comprise a number of flows, a number of user interface screens, a number of activities, and a number of connectors.

"According to various exemplary embodiments, the computer based system for efficient resource allocation may be configured to transmit developer proficiency status level designations to a third party supplier of the developers. The computer based system for efficient resource allocation may be configured to enable at least one of upskilling of a developer, knowledge increases by the developer, and greater efficiency.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

"The features and advantages of the present disclosure will become more apparent from the detailed description set forth below when taken in conjunction with the drawings, in which like reference numbers indicate identical or functionally similar elements. Additionally, the left-most digit of a reference number identifies the drawing in which the reference number first appears.

"FIG. 1 is an efficient resource allocation system, in accordance with various embodiments of the present disclosure;

"FIG. 2 is an exemplary block diagram for measuring resource effectiveness, in accordance with various embodiments of the present disclosure;

"FIG. 3 is an exemplary report of a developer, in accordance with various embodiments of the present disclosure;

"FIG. 4 is a process flow for efficient resource allocation of a developer with a project tool, in accordance with various embodiments of the present disclosure; and

"FIG. 5 is a block diagram of an exemplary computer system for implementing the present disclosure, in accordance with various embodiments of the present disclosure,"

For more information, see this patent application: Herbert, Elizabeth. Method, System, and Computer Program Product for Efficient Resource Allocation. Filed December 11, 2012 and posted June 19, 2014. Patent URL: http://appft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-adv.html&r=224&p=5&f=G&l=50&d=PG01&S1=20140612.PD.&OS=PD/20140612&RS=PD/20140612

Keywords for this news article include: Software, American Express Travel Related Services Company Inc..

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