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160 Pragmatic, High Quality Definitions for Business and Data Analysts

Quality Practice Begins with Quality Definitions Sadly, in the worlds of business and data analysis and modeling good definitions are hard to find, bad definitions abound and misunderstanding and misuse of even the most fundamental terms is commonplace. I am a perfectionist. I am passionate about quality and want to deliver it to my clients […]

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Is Capability a Function?

In response to a recent post I got a comment from a reader suggesting that what I called a Function was a Capability. In this post I explain how I align Capability with the standard English meaning of the word, i.e. what an enterprise is capable of doing. Capability actually couples a Function with elements that increase its depth, scope, productivity, etc. These elements could include knowledge, technology, product portfolio, geography, and many others.

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Modeling the "As Is" then "To Be" is a waste of time

[I wrote the following comments in response to a blog that was advocating starting off by modeling the "as is" processes in the business as the starting point for business improvement.] One of the major errors taken in business analysis and modeling is that of modeling the “As Is”, then the “To Be” and then […]

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Process, Function, Mechanism, Procedure: Which One?

[This post also comes as a Podcast - Please scroll to bottom of page] One of the greatest areas for confusion in the world of business systems modeling is the terminology used to name the activities performed by a business. Are these activities Processes, Functions, Mechanisms or Procedures? The answer is “all of the above”.  Does this mean that these […]

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What is a Business Systems Analyst?

I wrote this response to as a result of being asked the question “what is a Systems Analyst?” The term ‘Systems Analyst‘ is now outmoded.  It used be applied to those analysts who did ‘requirements analysis’ prior to computerizing a part of the business. These people usually worked in the IT Department of large enterprises and saw the world […]

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Stages in Data Modeling

A newcomer to this subject asked me the question “Where do I start and what are the stages in Data Modeling?”.  Here, in brief, is the answer I gave. The first step in data modeling is data analysis.  This means gathering information that will tell you what data entities are required by the business. You then need […]

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Data Management

Data is an invaluable asset. Not only is it essential for successfully supporting current operations but it will enable you to plan the future growth and success of your enterprise. To this end Data Management is essential. Effective Data Management needs an effective Data Architecture. An effective Data Architecture can only be achieved by doing […]

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Prince 2 or PMP?

A question I was recently asked was which of these two is the most effective Project Management Methodology. Prince2 is very formulaic – some might say bureaucratic – and most be followed strictly if it is the defined methodology for the project.  PMP is more of a guide of best project management practice. All good […]

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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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