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Business Models are Like Building Plans

Each business model helps portray a different aspect of a business.
For this reason it is important to select the most appropriate business model to portray the specific facet in question.

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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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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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What Do You Mean by WOA?

In a discussion group it.toolbox.com a questioner open a discussion with “I need to know implementation issues with regards to WOA and its limitations” Graham Beresford, a very experienced practitioner from the UK, instead of launching into a detailed response, very sensibly asked “What do you mean by WOA?” (read more at http://tinyurl.com/yd8xmlp) “What do you […]

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Dead Crows Fly East

This is a very useful rule to use when building an Entity Relationship Diagram. No crows were hurt during the construction of this diagram.

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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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Capability vs Requirement

A very common error in world of Enterprise Architecture (EA) or Strategic Enterprise Architecture (SEA) is to define “Capability” as “Requirement”. In order to resolve this confusion we need to take a brief diversion and say that the term “Requirement”, when used on its own, is quite meaningless.  To achieve clarity simply ask “who requires […]

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Software Development: Quality Checklist

Quality Essentials If your business is software production, whether for in-house or external clients, then it is essential that you have the following elements and structures in place. Each of the elements listed below are essential, whether you are building a one-off application for a specific client or a package for mass distribution. System Development […]

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BTM – Business Transaction Modelling

Brand New Business Modelling Technique Business Transaction Modelling (BTM) is the latest technique to be added to the Integrated Modelling Method.  Like all other techniques in IMM, BTM is fully integrated with the core techniques of the overall method. What is a Business Transaction? A business transaction is a series of steps (Business Functions) that […]

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Data Modelling: The Power of QUACKs and UIDs

Codes are Not Identifiers In my previous post on how unique keys cause duplication in databases I demonstrated that codes are not identifiers for data entities and, by extension, they cannot be unique identifiers (UIDs). Why Do People Use Codes? If codes are not identifiers how come they are used so extensively?  Because, when used […]

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