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Archive | December, 2008

What is Data Structure Modeling?

Before computerising any Business Functions it is essential to identify and model the data used or created by these Functions and its relationship to other data items (or data entities) within the business.   This is where the Data Structure Model – often referred to as an Entity Relationship Diagram or ERD – is an indispensable model. […]

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What is Procedure Modeling?

Process Models show the order in which Business Functions are carried out.  Procedure Models show the detail of HOW the functions within the process are carried out. Procedure Modeling is the ideal technique to use when you want to show the detailed actions for a post of position when executing a step (Business Function) within […]

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What is Information Flow Modeling?

When it is important to know and show how information flows into, around and out of the business, Information Flow Modeling is the technique to use. This shows how information flows between Business Functions within the business and between Business Functions in the business and External Entities, such as suppliers, customers, government, etc., in the outside […]

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What is Business Process Modeling?

Business Process Modeling tells us the order in which Business Functions ought to be carried out in response to a Trigger in order to arrive at a business Outcome.   This outcome may be a “Preferred Outcome” or a “Non-Preferred Outcome”. The Integrated Modeling Method  (IMM™) shows you how to model Business Processes in a way that makes […]

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What is Function Modeling?

Function modeling lies at the HEART of all good business systems analysis, business process modeling and BPM. The very first stage in good business modeling is to identify and model WHAT the business OUGHT to be doing. The discrete activities that a business does are  called Business Functions or, less formally, Functions. The Function Catalogue, which […]

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