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Tag Archives: Systems Analysis

Information Gathering 2: Analysis Workshops – The Key to Detail

The purpose of analysis workshops is to add detail to the information gathered during strategic one-to-one interviews with senior executives. They are NOT the starting point for analysis.

The content of this post is an excerpt from the eBook IMM Function Modelling

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Drug Pushers Do Less Harm Than Programmers!

IT systems development is an ever increasing financial burden for most business with a failure rate that is horrific, producing systems that bring stress (and often misery) to those condemned to use them. It is appalling that after all these years IT Departments are still failing to deliver quality systems.  External software houses are not […]

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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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VPN versus LAN

A network colleague is going to putting together  a paper on the benefits that can accrue from having an integrated information system provided by a Virtual Private Network (VPN) as opposed to an unintegrated Local Area Network (LAN). Some of the benefits he initially listed were data integrity, reduced auditing, etc. My advice to him […]

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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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IMM – Born in New Zealand

The integrated modelling method was born in Queenstown, New Zealand in 2003. My career was a Consultant Business Analyst working in enterprises of all sizes from family businesses to international corporations in Ireland, Europe and the UK. In December 2000 I travelled to New Zealand for my 50th Birthday and fell in love with the […]

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Must a Business Function Always Transform Data?

“Must a Business Function always create or transform data or information?” was question I was asked by a computing student last week. The simple answer is very definite “YES”. So, if you have a “Business Function” in your enterprise that does not create or transform information, then, whatever else it might be, it is definitely NOT a genuine Business Function.
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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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What is Data Structure Modeling?

Before computerising any Business Functions it is essential to identify and model the data used or created by these Functions and its relationship to other data items (or data entities) within the business.   This is where the Data Structure Model – often referred to as an Entity Relationship Diagram or ERD – is an indispensable model. […]

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