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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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Function Catalogue – 85% of What Your Business Does

The Function Catalogue will enable you to model up to 85% of your business with what is perhaps the simplest, yet most powerful, means of modelling business activity. Using the Function Catalogue as your primary modelling technique for business activity will greatly reduce the number of models that you need to produce, yet will enable […]

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Does Capability Equate to Process?

Capability is a measure of the capacity of an organisation to provide a product or service that fulfills an existing or envisaged need to a customer or a market. In this sense, Capabilities are derived by bring together existing functions, data, services, products, technologies, skills, etc. to effect the delivery of the need in the […]

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Formalisation Creates Models

I have been having some discussions lately about with various people around the globe on what constitutes a “model”. Some of those with whom I have been in discussion hold the view that any concept or mental picture that a person holds in their head constitutes a model.  While this might be valid from a […]

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Five Stages of Business Analysis (2)

Stage 1: Information Gathering: One-to-One Interviews The one-to-one strategic in-depth interview is the most effective means of gathering information from senior directors and senior executives. The purpose of these interviews is to find out from these key people what their opinions are regarding the business area in question and the project itself. Such interviews will […]

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Five Stages of Business Analysis (1)

Stage 1: Information Gathering This stage consists of finding identifying the key people or other sources within the business that can tell you: What the business OUGHT to be doing. The order in which it ought to be done. The information required to do it. What this business modelling / systems development project ought to achieve. […]

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Five Stages of Business Modelling

In the Integrated Modelling Method there are five distinct stages to Business Modeling:     Information gathering     Analysis and investigation     Modelling     Feedback     Implementation All of these stages should be followed whether you are doing modelling in an organisation with 5 employees 5,000 employees or 25,000 employees.  If you are doing work in […]

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