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10 Key Questions

10 Key Questions: The Foundation for All Successful Projects

It is a sad fact that the majority of business improvement and system development projects start off in the wrong place, head in the wrong direction and fail!  This failure is unacceptable as all the errors that cause it are easily avoided. Amazing as it may seem, all it takes to start any project in the […]

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What does ‘Capability’ Mean? Nothing!!

“Capability” is a term that is used all over the place in business and on the web, where people (including me!) write and expound on it at length. So what? Well, it actually means that people are talking and writing an awful lot about a term that has no meaning!!!

Click on “Read More” to find out why…..

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There's No Such Thing as a Customer!

“Customer” is one of the Data Enitities that lies at the heart of most MDM practices in enterprises around the world and it is not in fact a Data Entity at all! This situation has arisen because far too much “data quality” work is done without the use of a properly structured Logical Data Model. This work then serves to perpetuate rather than remove fragmented data structures.

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Business Modelling Architecture

All good analysis and modelling is achieved by starting in the right place, and that place is with the core activities of the enterprise – the Business Functions. If you have not started in the right place, then you need to know how to get back there. The Hierarchy of Models shown in the diagram in this post will enable you to do this.
If you are working on any model and have not built the preceding model(s) then you are not going to achieve a Quality outcome.  For example, if you are modelling Processes and have not yet built your Function Model, then you are in trouble.  This failure to first model Functions is one of the main reasons why most BPM projects fail to deliver.

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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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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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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 vs Department

Far too many people confuse ‘Function’ and ‘Department’

The confusion that exists in many peoples minds over Business Function and Business Department is one of the greatest barriers to successful business modelling. Because they confuse “function” with “department”, they start in the wrong place.

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