business process

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business process

An action taken in the course of conducting business. Whether manual or automated, all processes require input and generate output. Depending on the level of viewing and modeling, a process can be a single task or a complicated procedure such as building a product.

A business information system process typically means updating a database from a transaction such as an order or application form (transaction vs. master). See transaction, business process modeling, business processing and information system.
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Many of the business method patents claim methods of doing business, with the "invention" being the use of a computer, or networking computers together.
These entities upgraded technology and business processes and took the opportunity to change how the company functioned; new methods of doing business frequently result in cost savings.
As our nation matured, some towns that once prospered because of their location or natural resources were overtaken by innovation, migration, and new methods of doing business.
The business method exception, a judicially created exception, basically states that methods of doing business do not fall within any of the four categories of statutory subject matter.
Despite the conventional view that patents on methods of doing business have long been disfavored, if not flatly prohibited, such patents have, in fact, been regularly granted.
The Business Innovator award went to Manjaro Bar in Islington for exceptional achievement and unique methods of doing business.
What this entails is that the methods of doing business on the Internet will need to evolve to make the experience more personal--in terms of doing face-to-face business in a virtual world.
Greene says international standards are used mainly where there are conflicting methods of doing business "that cause market confusion or disrupts the supply chain because people are doing things differently.
We are reviewing our processes and methods of doing business to determine how we can better serve all of our residents.
For this reason, Raskind argues that business method patents should be reserved for truly pioneering inventions: "[T]o support the extension of patent protection to methods of doing business would require some showing of material innovation in business methods.
Court decisions and patent office actions in the last few years have allowed many patents on methods of doing business.
In conjunction with providing new methods of doing business, companies must educate the public and their business partners about the need for and benefits of product change.

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