A business is not just a group of connected things. It is not
even just a group of connected people. In business, we are not merely
interested in things and people that happen to have particular behaviours.
We are interested in business processes and relationships.
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|Enterprise||An enterprise is a way of being enterprising. The term
is commonly used for a fixed body of enterprise, with definite legal status,
several bank accounts and a stock exchange listing. However, a transient
without any of these attributes can also be regarded as an enterprise.
The term enterprise model sometimes refers to a model of the entire enterprise. However, we prefer to use the term to refer to a model of a system that focuses on particular aspects relevant to the enterprise, including contractual relationships, roles and responsibilities, and resources. (In RM-ODP, this is called the enterprise viewpoint or the enterprise projection.)
|Intention||I've been at countless meetings where an important discussion
has been diverted into a debate about terminology. Everyone around the
table agrees that something is important, but it seems necessary to decide
how it should be correctly classified: as a goal or objective,
as a strategy
critical success factor.
Everyone seems to use the same labels in a different way. For some people, the long-term view of where we are going must be called an objective, and the short-term view of where we hope to reach this year is called a goal. There's another set of people who insist, equally dogmatically, that it is the goal that represents the long-term vision, while objectives merely represent the short-term steps towards these longer-term goals.
Broadly speaking, an intention is something someone wants to do or achieve, or wants someone else to do or achieve.
This includes missions, purposes, goals, objectives, targets, policies, strategies and tactics.
|Process||A process is a connected set of activities with a coherent
Processes are traditionally thought of in sequential terms. The so-called value chain is a sequential process in which each step contributes in an incremental way to the purpose or outcome of the whole process. (But new business processes are often too complex to be accounted for in these terms.)
|Responsibility||Responsibility is an answerability (of an agent to another agent) for a given state of affairs.|
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|Process Modelling||Process management: workflow, workload, work control||BPMI.org|
Consultancy can be pictured as an enfolding of external knowledge,
advice, support or work, enclosing it within the client organization.
Once: A fixed allocation of power and resources. A management hierarchy of delegation and reporting.
Increasingly: The growth of individuals and groups in capability
Increasingly: Mutual responsiveness and partnership. Shared exploration
of common interest. Win-win negotiation.
Vendors use the word strategic to describe products and technologies they want you to buy, particularly if they are difficult to cost-justify in the short-term.
Some people equate strategic with vague handwaving, two-by-two
matrixes, lacking detail. Some people equate strategic with
the far-off future. Both are incorrect. True strategy is engaged
with the present, and the concrete detail of the present.
A warehouse may be centralized, physically distributed, or virtual. Just-in-time supply chains provide a form of virtual warehousing.
A virtual data warehouse may be accessed through a portal, possibly
using grid computing.
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