To facilitate business linkages, the the e-Relationship platform uses
Takara Systems Web-Enabled Connections and Collaboration (WECC) framework consisting of the following main components:
WECC Xtreme consists of the business process steps and artifacts used to facilitate recruitment
of participants to the platform, registration of business profiles, matching of companies and
the management of business interactions.
This is a dynamic data dictionary used to define the things that are relevant in the business
context, the properties that describe those things and the relationships between them. Data
items that can be defined include Company, Employee, Expert, Country, Currency, Industry and
The WECC Registry System is the registry for storing, changing and retrieval of Country, Sector,
Company and individual users’ profiles. The information collected depends on the type of party.
For a person, the information collected in the profile include name, address, telephone number,
email address, skills etc. Company profiles include information such as the name of the company,
the main contact person and contact mechanisms (telephone, fax, email etc), products and services
offered, financial records etc. For country profiles, key economic indicators such as Gross
Domestic Product (GDP), Gross National Income, GNI, Foreign Direct Investments (FDI), population,
population density, population growth rate, transportation systems, trade policies, and budget are
The type of information can be changed, expanded or reduced dynamically based on the business
context. The WECC Registry System also manages the association between various parties
(companies, countries, persons) and their registered end users.
The WECC Discoverer System provides a mechanism whereby parties (companies, countries, independent consultants etc)
can discover new trading partners in a cost-effective manner. It is a flexible, rule-based
application system that uses the party profiles in the WECC Registry to facilitate the matching of
one party’s needs to another party’s capacity. The matching engine allows for user-defined,
rule-based and manual matching.
All matches created by WECC Discoverer are analyzed by the WECC Analytics system to determine the
degree of compatibility. WECC Analytics uses this information to rate the matches and to
establish leading matches for face to face meetings and logistics planning.
WECC Analytics also generates an array of activity reports including registration reports,
matching reports, forum attendance confirmation reports, resource scheduling reports and meeting
WECC Logistics consists of a scheduler to facilitate allocation of conference resources such as
conference rooms, cubicles, tables and computers. It also contains a meeting appointment
manager. The system allows for allocation of conference resources based on company matches and
the availability of these resources. The built-in conflict manager prevents conflicts in meeting
schedules and "double-bookings" of conference resources.
The WECC Logistics scheduler is loosely integrated with the WECC Discoverer matching engine
allowing for automatic changes in meeting appointments and conference resource scheduling to
occur based on adjustments to company matches.
WECC Collaborator provides parties registered on the e-Relationship platform with an environment
for discussion forums, instant messaging, document exchange, and knowledge management. This is
the mechanism used to facilitate interactions between business partners and potential business