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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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IMM world audience spans 5,ooo towns and cities in 181 countries.

IMM Audience Now in 5,000 Towns & Cities in 181 Countries

IMM the Integrated Modeling Method can truly be said to be global with an audience in nearly every country in the world, as shown by the map below from our website Google analytics. You can help us to grow our audience still further by: Sharing this page with colleagues and friends by clicking on one […]

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Business and data definitions give direction to an enterprise.

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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Beware! Killer OYsTeRs Devour Projects!

At this very moment in nearly every enterprise around the world the integrity of Business Improvement Projects is being devoured by Killer OYsTeRs. These are not the scrumptious little shellfish that so many people enjoy eating for both their taste and aphrodisiac properties. Rather, they are insidious growths that develop in enterprises between people involved in […]

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Essential Business Modelling Definitions

A recent post I made called “How ‘As-Is’ BAs Deliver ‘Has-Been’ Enterprises” has resulted in a lot of discussion both on this blog and in Linkedin. One of the major things to emerge from all of this discussion is the confusion that exists regarding clear definitions for the fundamental elements of Business Analysis and Modelling. […]

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Data Quality: Objective or Subjective?

Data quality cannot be looked at and defined objectively unless you know the context in which it is to be applied, i.e. the Business Functions the data is meant to support. All other definitions are subjective and, as such, prevent Data Quality being achieved.

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There Are No Such Things as Data Rules!

This may come as a surprise to many involved in Data Quality but, wait for it, there are no such things as data rules! By looking at data you can never deduce or define a rule that dictates that one entity should be related to another or that a value of an attribute of an entity has to be, in a certain format and have limits to its value. So what does dictate data content, structure, format and constraints?
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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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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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