SPACE can be used as a Computer Aided
Consulting environment because good consultants play dual roles of problem
solvers as well as educators. As displayed in the following figure, SPACE
proposes a scenario which reduces the cost and time of current scenarios by
about 70%. Specifically:
Consultants and systems
professionals spend a great deal of time and effort (60 to 70%)
defining the problem, analyzing the problem, and preparing a rough
solution sketch based on discussions with the customers.
Proposed Scenario: the user defines
the project (S1) and quickly analyzes and creates well documented
plans and solution sketches by using SPACE (S2, S3). The user then
asks a consultant to review and refine the documents – this happens
collaboratively between the consultants and the users (S4). A major
advantage of this scenario is a dramatic decrease in time (about
60-70%) and cost.
The proposed model heavily relies on
patterns and can be used to deliver consulting services to remotely
located customers. Additional benefits are:
It can be used by businesses and
governments to receive quality consulting services and educational
support anywhere in the world.
The capabilities of the system
improve rapidly as more and better enriched patterns are added.
Best practices and industry
standards are embedded in patterns and are thus available to all