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Advanced Decision Modeling

The two OMG standards: Business Process Modeling Notation (BPMN) Decision Model and Notation (DMN) provide readable notations for business analysts and technologist alike. The purpose of DMN is to provide an understandable symbolic representation of a business decision. The purpose of BPMN is to provide an understandable symbolic representation of a business process. Yet, the combination of DMN and BPMN provides much more than an understandable map of processes. It can be a useful tool for creating gains in productivity, competitiveness and agility.

Different Management Perspectives

Management perceives of architecture in many different ways. As skeptical architects, we believe architecture will not be successful and useful in business as long as the perception continues. Unfortunately, benefits and outcomes of efforts in enterprise-level architecture are difficult to show immediately. Since they are not obvious to senior management, those managers do not perceive its value. Hence, a different approach may be needed to change this perspective. In reality, enterprise architecture is fundamentally about the organization's structure.

The Relationship of Architectures

The architectures are connected through the application of a set of analytics based on the phrase structure of the models. This technique is described as ‘phrase analytics’ and are semantic in nature but not the same as the popular text analytics of today that deal with analyzing document or web semantics.

The Architecture Situation Today

There are many perspectives of what is called architecture. Architecture is applied to organizations, enterprises, businesses (profit or non-profit, private or public) or whatever term is used to define a structure that delivers goods and/or services to a constituency.

Strategic Management of IT

IT executives and managers are responsible for supplying digital services to the entire organization based on need. Understanding that need today requires a grasp of the role that architecture is playing in representing the structure of the organization.

Process Improvement

Every organization has some form of process improvement program in effect today. Some of these are enterprise wide and some are focused on key or mission critical processes. Most are somewhere in between. Some are driven by new technologies, new applications and new strategic direction, objectives, goals and initiatives. Some of these projects come from applying management disciplines like balanced scorecard or value streams, agile process techniques, value chain the Rummler –Brache approach to process change or one of the other 50+ disciplines.