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Business Models : A Guide for Business and IT

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To build software systems that meet business objectives, IT and business professionals must work together closely to define specifications and build models that accurately describe those objectives. This book gives them the shared language they need to accomplish this. Haim Kilov illuminates every key concept underlying today's most important approaches to specifications and modeling, giving business professionals practical insight for decision-making, and giving IT specialists the tools they need to evaluate IT artifacts in the context of business goals. Drawing on his extraordinarily rich real-world experience in modeling systems for finance, telecommunications, document management, and other industries, Haim Kilov describes every factor that impacts business models, systems and specifications. He presents today's most effective modeling techniques in the context of international standards that are independent of any technology, methodology or tool, and will work in any enterprise environment. Along the way, he presents many examples, and shows how key modeling concepts can be used within the framework of today's most popular tools, notably UML.show more

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  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 178.8 x 233.2 x 17.8mm | 489.89g
  • Pearson Education (US)
  • Prentice Hall
  • Upper Saddle River, United States
  • English
  • 0130621358
  • 9780130621351

About Haim Kilov

HAIM KILOV is Chief Consulting Architect, Business Modeling and a member of the Strategic Enterprise Solutions (SES) group at IONA Technologies. Widely known as an authority on the capture and modeling of business and systems requirements for large-scale information systems, Kilov is a major contributor to OMG and ISO standards in these areas. He is author of Business Specifications: The Key to Successful Software Engineering (Prentice Hall PTR).show more

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Modeling enterprise systems: the example-driven reference for managers and IT professionals. To build software systems that meet business objectives, IT and business professionals must work together closely to define specifications and build models that accurately describe their objectives. This book gives them a shared language for accomplishing this. Haim Kilov illuminates every key concept underlying today's best approaches to specifications and modeling, giving business professionals practical insight for decision-making, and giving IT specialists tools for assessing their work in its business context. Shows how to maximize clarity in decision-making and avoid getting lost in abstractionOffers proven methods for taming complexity, managing risk, and staying in controlHelps organizations understand the relationships amongst their software and business processes, instead of relying on tacit knowledgeReviews every factor that impacts business models, systems and specificationsPresents today's best modeling techniques in the context of platform-independent global standardsIntroduces key business patterns and reuse techniques Requires no UML experience, but shows how key modeling concepts can be used within UML Whatever your project's goals or architecture, this book's modeling techniques will help you make more effective decisions from start to finishand dramatically improve your chances for success. "show more

Table of contents

Introduction. Acknowledgments. 1. The Purpose of Modeling. Success and Failure of Projects and Strategies. Core Competencies. Education. The Need for Understanding: Abstraction, Precision, Explicitness. Abstraction: The Way to Put Management in Control. Basic Structuring Constructs. Business Rules: Precision vs Handwaving. Tacit Assumptions and "Evident Truths". Specifying Problems and Solutions. Where to Start and Why: Business Domains.2. The Basics of Modeling. A Few Concepts and Structuring Rules. The Basic Stuff: Things, Relationships, and Actions. How Not to Get Lost: Abstraction Viewpoints and Levels. The Structure of a Composition. The Structure of Subtyping: How to Recognize, Treat and Structure Similarities. Templates. How to Treat Stable Properties: Invariants. How to Treat Changes: Epochs. How to Treat Environments. Contracts and Their Contexts. Trading. How to Treat Names. How to Treat "Exceptional" Situations. Various Viewpoints and the Five Basic Viewpoints. Synergy between Business and IT Specifications. The Business of the Business, the Business of the IT System, and the Business of the Traceability. How to Test Systems.3. Putting It All Together. Business Patterns: From Basic to Specific. Reuse: Pattern Matching in Context. Metaphors and Notations. Experience. Conclusion: Debuzzwordification. On Thinking.Appendix A: The UML Subset Used for Representation. On Tools and Specifications. What to Include in UML Diagrams? Simplification. A Simple Example (a Contract) and Lessons Learned. Relationship Invariants Are About Property Determination. Relationships Between Actions. Reading and Writing Large(r) Business Specifications. Separation of Concerns: Problem vs Solution. Additional Practical Hints. Where Do These Ideas Come From?Appendix B: Generic Relationships. A Generic Relationship: Generic Properties. Generic Relationships: The Taxonomy.References. Index.show more

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