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Functionality vs Functon

I was recently asked by Jan van Bon from the Netherlands to define “the difference between a Function and Functonality”. My reply was, “A Business Function (or Function) is a core activity of an enterprise. It is something that the enterprise must do in order to meet its objectives and continue in existence. ‘Functionality’ is a general English phrase that is generally used when referring to a computerised system in defining what Business Functions the system fully or partly supports.”

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Has Data Quality Lost the Plot?

Have some Data Quality practitioners lost the plot? When recently reading an article by a DQ practitioner I was tempted to think so. “You have amassed all of this master data and you must now make sure that you totally organise your whole business around feeding and maintaining it.” It’s a bit like all of the bees in a hive being expected to be totally dedicated to feeding and protecting the queen bee; to be an unquestioning and dedicated collective. Data is everything! Data must be served! Well, and this may shock some people, data is not everything!

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Removing Duplicate Functions

An essential step in building an effective function hierarchy is removing common (duplicate) functions. This turns a function hierarchy into the Function Catalogue – a unique catalogue of all of the core activities of the enterprise. Click on “Read More” to see a video on how to do this..

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Data Quality is Essentially Simple!

At first glance the subject and practice of Data Quality can seem hugely complex and about as difficult to unravel as the Gordian Knot. The main reason for this is that most of the current efforts in this area go into trying to clean up the data quagmires that are created daily because the Five […]

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Welcome to the World of IMM

I am passionate about bringing power and clarity to the worlds of Business and Data Modeling. The Integrated Modelling Method (IMM) combines a complete set of modeling techniques in a uniquely integrated manner that no other method does. This will enable you to consistently deliver high quality products, first time, every time. This website explains […]

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Improve Data Quality or Raise the Titanic?

The current “after the fact” approach to data quality around the world has turned enterprise data not a “wreck” at the bottom of a deep ocean. Efforts to refloat it are about a realistic as trying to raise the Titanic.

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A Data Quality Profession?

Do We Need a Data Quality Profession? In a recent article on Data Quality Arkady Maydanchik was suggesting that a key solution to the current data quality issues that plague business everywhere is the creation of a dedicated Data Quality profession. In a reply to the article I suggested that, far from solving the problems, the […]

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Bad Data Structures Prevent Growth

Postal addresses present data database developers with a constant challenge. Traditional approaches fail, either because they hard code in inadequate structures, or they provide the chaos of no structure at all. Generic data modeling can overcome both of these shortcomings and enable to expand and grow into multinational markets.

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What is Process Modelling?

Is This a Silly Question? Before we can say what business process modeling is we need to know what a Business Process is! This may seem like stating the obvious, however, “process” is one of the most widely misunderstood and misused terms in business and business modeling! Managers and analysts alike often use the term […]

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Tuning Processes is a Waste of Time!

Most Process Improvement Projects Fail.
Around the world businesses spend vast amounts of time and money trying to tune their existing processes and procedures in order to make their businesses more efficient.
Sadly, in far too many instances their efforts result in no improvement at all or, worse still, in an actual degradation of performance – and always in a huge bill.
All of this can be avoided by first building a Function Model for the business.

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