Common Information Model
Why is the service necessary and for whom is it intended?
The aim of conceptual and information modeling is to generate a strategic reference point and guiding principle (information model) for the company’s various business solutions and IT components.
Some examples of situations when conceptual modeling is beneficial:
- A set of requirements needs to be clarified before development or acquisition of IT solutions for the business.
- A practical working method is needed to produce a company-wide reference model.
- Concepts and nomenclatures need to be defined for product and customer structures, for example.
- A set of rules should be defined for more advanced pricing and cost allocation.
- IT solutions need to be reviewed for quality to decide upon further development or phasing out.
Ferrologic’s Common Information Model service is aimed at operations and IT personnel who need to produce a definition and structure for operations-driven information, as well as document the information in a modeling tool that can manage complex connections.
What can we achieve and what are our focus areas?
The following steps are involved when producing a conceptual model:
- Training in the modeling language so that seminar participants speak the same language and can clearly formulate the requirements with the selected description technique.
- Delimiting area for modeling. We check which operational processes need to be in focus for modeling.
- Listing important concepts and qualities in operations. We list concepts and qualities in order to produce core concepts and other important terms that the model is to be based upon.
- Modeling in seminars with examples in table form. A clear conceptual model is drawn up, and illustrative examples in table form, with occurrence and row examples, are provided for important concepts.
- We analyze and document the model, list of concepts with definitions and examples in table form. We submit a preliminary report on the conceptual model about one week after the seminar.
- Follow-up with the seminar group within about two weeks from from the working seminar.
- Analysis and adjustment of the preliminary report based on the follow-up. Delivery of final report.
How do we work?
Seminars on conceptual and information modeling are both challenging and a valuable way to muster strength. If the effort is unsuccessful, there will be no more opportunities to gather busy employees. Getting different stakeholders to agree on a common “world view” is always challenging. With our experience and expertise as seminar leaders, however, we can guarantee success. We have only one explicit condition: We require that you involve your most competent employees within management and operative functions for the areas to be modeled. The quality and results are dependent on the management’s perspective on the future, in combination with more down-to-earth knowledge on current processes and information.