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IMM – Born in New Zealand

The integrated modelling method was born in Queenstown, New Zealand in 2003. My career was a Consultant Business Analyst working in enterprises of all sizes from family businesses to international corporations in Ireland, Europe and the UK. In December 2000 I travelled to New Zealand for my 50th Birthday and fell in love with the […]

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Must a Business Function Always Transform Data?

“Must a Business Function always create or transform data or information?” was question I was asked by a computing student last week. The simple answer is very definite “YES”. So, if you have a “Business Function” in your enterprise that does not create or transform information, then, whatever else it might be, it is definitely NOT a genuine Business Function.
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One "L" or Two??

One of the first questions that many of you will be asking is “does this guy not know how to spell ‘modeling’?”, others will be asking “does this guy not know how to spell ‘modelling’?”. Does it have one “L” or two. Well the answer is both! We deal with a global audience and for […]

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What is Data State Modeling?

Data in a business can often exist in many states.  For example, a theatre booking could possibly exist in the states of “provisional”, “cancelled”, “confirmed”, “transferred”, “picked up”.  If such were the case it might be essential to know what Business Functions move the booking from one state to the next. Data State Modeling is the […]

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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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