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Project Descriptions

Regional Bank - Commercial

This project describes the development of a Strategic Information Systems Plan (SISP) in 3 weeks. Using Enterprise Architecture methods and a modelling tool from Visible, Kwangju Bank accomplished in a month a task that usually takes at least 6 months: building a top-down strategic information plan that aligns all systems with business goals. Accessible from this link is a News Article that describes the project, as well as the complete SISP Report -- which can be read online or downloaded as PDF files for offline use. The original SISP Report and News Article are available online. Updated versions of these documents are also available in PDF. These highlight how the SISP is, in fact, an Enterprise Architecture Portfolio Plan (EAPP) Report for rapid delivery of priority business activities and processes in 3-month increments.

Industry Development - Government

This Federal Government Authority is responsible for development of manufacturing industries within its country. This project involved the definition of Enterprise Architecture and an Enterprise Information Architecture (EA/EIA). It defined a Strategic Model and Enterprise Architecture Portfolio Plan (EAPP) Report over a 3 week period. It addressed the development of a Data Warehouse, followed by an Enterprise Portal. This involved business managers and IT staff working together. They defined the Strategic Model for building Enterprise Architecture from the Articles of Law that legislated the establishment of the Authority.

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Zachman Framework for Enterprise Architecture

  • "An Introduction to Enterprise Architecture"

    This is a PDF White Paper that introduces the concepts of Enterprise Architecture from basic principles for business managers and IT. It discusses typical problems experienced by organizations of business silos with redundant data and redundant processes needed to keep the date up-to-date. IT discusses the need to understand the data, processes, locations, people, time and business plans from the different perspectives of the Planner, Owner, Designer, Builder and Sub Contractor in the business. By Clive Finkelstein.  Published on IES Web Site, January 2007 (377KB).

     

  • "Strategic Modeling for Rapid Delivery of Enterprise Architecture in 3-month increments"

    This PDF White Paper describes how a high-level data model, called a strategic model, is defined by business managers in a facilitated modeling session based on their business plans. It describes how reusable business activities and business processes can be identified from a strategic model, representing priority systems for rapid implementation. It also discusses the methods that are used to derive project plans from the strategic  model for rapid delivery of these priority systems into production as sub-projects in 3-month increments. By Clive Finkelstein.  Published on IES Web Site, January 2007 (746KB).

     

  • Natty Method for monitoring and encouraging systems compliance with enterprise architecture

This s a simple yet powerful method that has been developed and used successfully by Natty Gur. It serves two causes. First it enables an enterprise to view ‘visually’ the current state of systems compliance with enterprise architecture. Secondly, the suggested method encourages project managers and programmers to comply with and adapt to the enterprise architecture. By Natty Gur Published on IES Web Site, September 2005.


Describes the basic concepts of the Zachman Framework for Enterprise Architecture and Information Systems Architecture, discussing the six columns of the Framework.

Download as a ZIP file: zach3.zip (53,475 bytes), which expands to a Word 6.0 document: Zach3.doc.


Describes the Zachman Framework for Enterprise Architecture and Information Systems Architecture, addressing some of the problems of legacy systems.

Download as a ZIP file: zach1.zip (30,663 bytes), expanding to a Word 6.0 document: Zach1.doc.


Management introduction to the Zachman Framework for Enterprise Architecture, by examining the impact of change on enterprises.

Download as a ZIP file: zach2.zip (16,198 bytes), expanding to a Word 6.0 document: Zach2.doc.

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Internet and Intranets

This paper is written for CEOs and CIOs. In the years ahead we will witness a massive transformation of business. As with a giant earthquake, it will bring with it the most dramatic and rapid business changes we have ever experienced. The corporate landscape will change in ways never before thought possible. The paper emphasizes the critical need for action now, to ensure survival and eventual prosperity in the connected world of the Internet and Intranets.

Download as a ZIP file ceo.zip (13,847 bytes), expanding to a Word 6.0 document: CEO.doc .


The Internet and corporate Intranets present opportunities to re-engineer business processes for direct access between customers and suppliers. Re-engineering for this environment requires close integration of business plans, business processes and business information, to ensure that systems are built that are closely aligned with strategic directions. A new generation of I-CASE tools is also emerging that can automatically analyse data models to identify cross-functional processes. These present re-engineering opportunities that benefit from the emerging open architecture environment of the Internet and Intranets.

Download as a ZIP file bri.zip (81,751 bytes), expanding to a Word 6.0 document: BRI.doc.


This paper discusses the Internet and Intranets, the new opportunities they present, and the impact that they will have on the role of Data Administrator - as DAs help their organizations prepare for an environment of direct access to customers, suppliers and business partners.

Download as a ZIP file da.zip (17,643 bytes), expanding to a Word 6.0 document: DA.doc.


This paper discusses corporate Intranets and the Internet, and shows how organisations can use the methodologies of Information Engineeing to gain competitive benefit from these new delivery channels.

Download as a ZIP file ienet.zip (19,959 bytes), expanding to a Word 6.0 document: IENet.doc.

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Extensible Markup Language (XML)

  • "XML - The Future of Metadata" by Clive Finkelstein, Published on IES Web Site, September 1999.  

    This paper is based on an extract from Chapters 1 and 11 of the book: “Building Corporate Portals with XML”, by Clive Finkelstein and Peter Aiken, published by McGraw-Hill in September 1999. The paper addresses one of the most significant developments of the Computer industry for the future. It shows how Metadata and Data Administration will shortly move into the mainstream and become one of the most important aspects of the WWW, and of systems development in general. The paper introduces the Extensible Markup Language (XML) – the successor to HTML for the Internet, for corporate Intranets and for Extranets. 

    XML incorporates Metadata in any document, to define the content and structure of that document and any associated (or linked) resources. XML has the potential to transform integration of structured data (such as in relational databases or legacy files) with unstructured data (such as in text documents, reports, email, graphics, images, audio and video files) for innovative application integration opportunities. The paper describes the content and structure of Document Type Definition (DTD) files for XML. It defines the format and syntax of XML Element, Attribute and Entity definition statements, to define XML metadata tags for structured and unstructured data. 


     

  • "XML and Corporate Portals" by Clive Finkelstein, Published on IES Web Site, August 1999.  

    This paper is an extract from Chapters 1 and 15 of "Building Corporate Portals with XML" by Clive Finkelstein and Peter Aiken, published by McGraw-Hill in Sep 1999. It discusses metadata and the emergence of XML to integrate structured data in relational databases with legacy files and systems. It integrates this structured data also with unstructured data in text documents, reports, email, graphics, images, audio and video files. It discusses the evolution of Data Warehouses to Corporate Portals, also called Enterprise Portals (EPs) and Enterprise Information Portals (EIPs). EIPs were identified by Merrill Lynch in Nov 1998 as: "Enterprise Information Portals are applications that enable companies to unlock internally and externally stored information, and provide users a single gateway to personalized information needed to make informed business decisions."


  • "The Role of XML in Business Re-Engineering" by Clive Finkelstein, Managing Director, IES. Published on IES Web Site March 1999.

The Internet and corporate Intranets present opportunities to re-engineer business processes for direct access between customers and suppliers. Re-engineering for this environment requires close integration of business plans, business processes and business information, to ensure that systems are built that are closely aligned with strategic directions. A new generation of I-CASE tools is also emerging that can automatically analyse data models to identify cross-functional processes. These present re-engineering opportunities that benefit from the open architecture environment of the Internet and Intranets. The emergence of the Extensible Markup Language (XML) as a recommendation by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) provides a technology that offers significant opportunities for business re-engineering.

Note: This is an update of an earlier paper: "Business Re-Engineering and the Internet: Transforming Business for a Connected World" which discussed conceptually what can be achieved with the Internet. This paper provides the technology foundation to achieve the full potential of re-engineering using XML for the Internet and Intranets.

Download as a ZIP file bri-xml.zip (1,031,750 bytes), expanding to a Word 97 document: bri-xml.doc.


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Corporate Portals and Enterprise Portals

  • "XML and Corporate Portals" by Clive Finkelstein and Peter Aiken, Published on IES Web Site, August 1999.  

    This paper is an extract from Chapters 1 and 15 of "Building Corporate Portals with XML" by Clive Finkelstein and Peter Aiken, published by McGraw-Hill in Sep 1999. It discusses metadata and the emergence of XML to integrate structured data in relational databases with legacy files and systems. It integrates this structured data also with unstructured data in text documents, reports, email, graphics, images, audio and video files. It discusses the evolution of Data Warehouses to Corporate Portals, also called Enterprise Portals (EPs) and Enterprise Information Portals (EIPs). EIPs were identified by Merrill Lynch in Nov 1998 as: "Enterprise Information Portals are applications that enable companies to unlock internally and externally stored information, and provide users a single gateway to personalized information needed to make informed business decisions."

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Data Warehousing

  • "Database Solutions White Paper" by Michael Burwen, Palo Alto Management Group. Published on IES Web Site, November, 1998.

    Discusses a recent study carried out by Palo Alto Management Group which addresses "Market, Competitive and User  Trends and Issues for Data Warehousing, Decision Support, Business Intelligence and Knowledge Management". The study focused on three areas: 1) an in-depth market forecast through 2002; 2) competitive analysis focused on companies with 10% or greater market share; 3) an in-depth web based user survey on future plans and budgets, procurement, implementation, and technology issues and perceptions of vendors. Available in Abobe Acrobat PDF format for reading online.

    Download as an Adobe Acrobat PDF file: pamg.pdf (278,341 bytes).

The business-driven, data-centric Enterprise Engineering methodology pioneered by Visible provides an effective, productive, common sense approach to developing strategic data (information) warehouses. An "Information Warehouse" is a collection of computer-based information that is critical to successful execution of enterprise initiatives. This paper describes the characteristics and benefits of an information warehouse and our approach for designing, developing, and implementing a true strategic information warehouse.

Download as a ZIP file: iw.zip (50,932 bytes), expanding to a Word 6.0 document: IW.doc.


  • "Developing a Data Warehouse" by Alan Perkins, Managing Principal, Visible Systems Corporation. Published on IES Web Site, June 1996.

Describes the concepts, benefits, components, structure and the development of a successful Data Warehouse.

Download as a ZIP file: dw.zip (16,640 bytes), expanding to a Word 6.0 document: DW.doc.

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Business Process Reengineering (BPR)

  • "Software Process Improvement" by Alan Perkins, Vice President, Consulting Services, Visible Systems Corp. Published on IES Web Site September 1997.

Visible helps its clients become world-class software developers. With our assistance, clients improve processes and procedures until they are able to consistently develop quality information systems that exactly meet their customers' information needs. This paper describes our approach and tools.

Download as a ZIP file sw-pi.zip (37,526 bytes), expanding to a Word 6.0 document: CEO.doc.


The Internet and corporate Intranets present opportunities to re-engineer business processes for direct access between customers and suppliers. Re-engineering for this environment requires close integration of business plans, business processes and business information, to ensure that systems are built that are closely aligned with strategic directions. A new generation of I-CASE tools is also emerging that can automatically analyse data models to identify cross-functional processes. These present re-engineering opportunities that benefit from the emerging open architecture environment of the Internet and Intranets.

Note: See also an update of this paper, "The Role of XML in Business Re-Engineering" which discusses the technology foundation to achieve the full potential of re-engineering using XML for the Internet and Intranets.

Download as a ZIP file bri.zip (81,751 bytes), expanding to a Word 6.0 document: BRI.doc.


Details the activities needed to achieve success in Business Process Reengineering. Key BPR methods are described; and the common causes of BPR failure are also highlighted.

Download as a ZIP file: bpr.zip (30,379 bytes), expanding to a Word 6.0 document: BPR.doc.


Business Re-Engineering (BRE) achieves success with Business Process Reengineering (BPR) when Business Plans, Business Processes and Business Information address needs of the future, and are mutually supportive.

Download as a ZIP file: bre.zip (69,577 bytes), expanding to a Word 6.0 document: BRE.doc.

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Methodologies

  • "Year 2000 -- The Real Problem" by Alan Perkins, Vice President, Consulting Services, Visible Systems Corp. Published on IES Web Site, October, 1997.

Solving the two-position date problem in your old systems does not solve the real Year 2000 problem. This paper describes the true solution: your twenty-first century systems need to meet your future information needs. They should be developed using state-of-the-art technologies and languages. They should be designed to allow rapid response to changing requirements. Your in-house development staff should be appropriately skilled and your processes and infrastructure should allow for quality rapid application development.

Download as a ZIP file: y2k.zip (18,545 bytes), expanding to a Word 6.0 document: Y2K.doc.


This paper describes Enterprise Engineering, the Enterprise Engineering life cycle, and the Visible Enterprise Engineering "tool set." Enterprise Engineering, as it is defined by Visible, involves all the activities that organizations ("enterprises") perform to improve productivity, gain and maintain competitive advantage, optimize resources, deliver quality products and services, and meet customer expectations and demand.

Download as a ZIP file: eemt.zip (23,202 bytes), expanding to a Word 6.0 document: EEMT.doc.


In this interview, Visible's Alan Perkins, Vice President of Consulting Services, discusses the important issue of determining whether off-the-shelf software will truly meet a company's business needs.

Download as a ZIP file: cots.zip (18,272 bytes), expanding to a Word 6.0 document: COTS.doc.


  • "Change Management" by Alan Perkins, Vice President, Consulting Services, Visible Systems Corp. Published on IES Web Site, October, 1997.

This paper describes the need for change management, effective change management practices, an infrastructure that facilitates change, and the role of the Chief Executive Officer in using the infrastructure to manage change.

Download as a ZIP file: change.zip (17,779 bytes), expanding to a Word 6.0 document: Change.doc.


Visible's Enterprise Engineering Methodology helps organizations consistently improve software development processes and achieve everhigher levels of the Software Engineering Institute's Capability Maturity Model (CMM). The CMM is the most widely used benchmark for software process improvement. This paper briefly describes the levels of the CMM and explains how Visible tools and techniques help organizations achieve each level.

Download as a ZIP file: cmm.zip (15,807 bytes), expanding to a Word 6.0 document: CMM.doc.


This paper discusses corporate Intranets and the Internet, and shows how organisations can use the methodologies of Information Engineeing to gain competitive benefit from these new delivery channels.

Download as a ZIP file: ienet.zip (19,959 bytes), expanding to a Word 6.0 document: IENet.doc.


Visible helps federal enterprises meet the strategic planning and performance measurement requirements of the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA), today! This paper briefly describes the purpose and requirements of the Results Act, and explains how Visible helps implement and integrate management information systems that meet GPRA requirements.

Download as a ZIP file: gpra.zip (25,263 bytes), expanding to a Word 6.0 document: GPRA.doc.


Object-oriented analysis, design, and system development techniques have become increasingly popular as a means of meeting the requirement for better methods and tools to support complex systems. Information Engineering is a popular methodology for bridging the gap between business requirements and systems. These two sets of methodologies have similarities and complementary features that will are examined in detail in this paper.

Download as a ZIP file: oo-ie.zip (32,524 bytes), which expands to a Word 6.0 document: OO-IE.doc.


  • "Visible Universal Model" by Alec Smyth and Warren Hayford, Senior Consultants, Visible Systems Corporation. Published on IES Web Site, October 1997.

Visible's Universal Model saves time and money building corporate data architectures and data warehouses. This paper outlines the features and uses of the Universal Model.

Download as a ZIP file: univmod.zip (17,280 bytes), which expands to a Word 6.0 document: UNIVMOD.doc.
 


All businesses perform a set of common business functions. The data needed by these functions are grouped into subject areas (business objects) in a Universal Data Model. An organization need only add the data that differentiates them from their competitors before systems development can begin.

Download as a ZIP file: paradigm.zip (4,980 bytes), which expands to a Word 6.0 document: paradigm.doc.

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