Sage Group has been granted a patent for a computer-implemented method that allows for configuring software applications with multiple layers of configuration, providing flexibility for individual tenants while reducing data redundancy. The system layer acts as a template, with tenant-specific layers overriding specific parameters. GlobalData’s report on Sage Group gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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Software application configuration with multiple layers for tenant-specific customization

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: The Sage Group plc

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11888684B1) discloses a computer-implemented method for configuring a software application. The method involves automatically populating two configuration layers - one for a group of tenants and another for a specific tenant. The second layer can override elements of the first layer without modifying it. The stored metadata representing these layers is used to generate a custom software application configuration for a particular tenant based on their request. The method includes retrieving and aggregating configuration metadata from both layers to create the customized configuration, which is then returned to the user.

Furthermore, the patent includes additional claims related to the method, such as receiving requests via an API, providing the aggregated configuration metadata to a configuration module, outputting the configuration at an output device, and specifying elements like a chart of accounts in the configuration parameters. The patent also covers a non-transitory computer-readable medium and a system for configuring a software application, both following similar steps as the method described. These inventions aim to streamline the configuration process for software applications, especially in multi-tenant environments, by allowing for customized configurations without altering the base configuration layer. The system includes a hardware processing device and an electronic storage device to manage the configuration layers efficiently, catering to the needs of different tenants effectively.

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