Barry Devlin’s new book: Business unintelligence

This important book (TBP October 2013) succeeds in finding the common ground between rationality and intuition, intelligence and insight, stability and innovation, business and IT. From rightful criticism of today’s data-centric BI, you are taken into broader contexts such as working with information rather than data and coping with both big data and the insides of people’s heads. The target is the “biz-tech ecosystem”, not just EDW/BI. We, the information-driven, move up to the enterprise level. Yes! Full of good recaps of history and technology the end-result is a direction-setting, holistic architecture on two levels – indeed an impressive tour de force!
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Big Data Visualization and Concept Mapping

On May 25th, I presented at the Big Data Viz seminar in Copenhagen. Talking about concept mapping in the big data context. Read More...

Humanizing Business Analysis: Visualizing Meaning through Business Concept Maps

After only 4 days my latest article has more than 2000 views, all 5-star reviews and some excellent and thoughtful comments! The article is called "Humanizing Business Analysis: Visualizing Meaning through Business Concept Maps" and it is published at Modern Analyst Read More...

New Year's gifts - semantic spaces and 10 good books

Like in previous years I hereby present you with an electronic gift on the first day of the new year. Read More...

Review of "Design Thinking Business Innovation"

Short review of "Design Thinking Business Innovation", a new general book about using design thinking for business innovation. A really good supplement to my own book. Read More...

Finally: The book is here!

My book "Design Thinking Business Analysis - Business Concept Mapping Applied" is now available! Learn how to solve the conceptual modelling challenge the right way (concept mapping) on the right side (the business side)! Read More...

My book is on the horizon

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Schisma #2 - Business Rules!

One of the things you learn when you model information is that sometimes you have to stop drawing, because you get into a lot of details. It could be for instance certain facts about a specific group of products. And other groups of other products have their own specialties as well... Been there? What you do is that you move such details into a list of "Additional rules". So you end up having diagrams and (long) lists of (business) rules. Skill and experience is what makes you stop in time.... In reality the whole diagram is in itself also a representation of a set of business rules!

Fortunately good people from the business rule community (steadfast and sincere people) have been working under the auspices of the OMG (Object Management Group) on something called: Semantics of Business Vocabulary & Business Rules (SBVR). It seems to be much needed. Fortunately it has been developed in such a manner that it integrates with RDF and OWL. Unfortunately we are still missing some good, simple, business oriented tools for visual diagramming of "Business Vocabularies" (what is wrong with Concepts?).

So, maybe the business rules perspective is what it takes to get business concept modelling done right?

By the way SBVR, is also heavily inspired by the ORM modelling technique, which I like a lot. But, which also is too complex for business level analysis and modelling.