Business Modeling as Business Development Process
Business Modeling a business process is an essential part not only of any software development process, but any business development process as well. It enables the analyst to capture the broad outline and procedures that govern what it is a business does: the significant events, inputs, resources and outputs associated with business process. By connecting later design elements (such as Use Cases) back to the Business Process Model through Implementation Connectors, it is possible to build up a fully traceable model from the broad process outlines to the functional requirements.
Business Process Modeling should not be misinterpreted as Business Model Canvas. The last one is a descriptive method to visualize how any business unit generates profit – and that can be considered as a static reflection of the actual business situation.
With regards to Business Process Modeling, we would like to underline: that Modeling Technique is suggested as a continuous activity based on Business Process Analysis and Business Process Modeling, which ideally must be synchronized. Referring to those prerequisites, Business Process Modeling is mainly focused on construction of an optimized Business Process as an efficient result.
Moreover, we should state that Business Process Modeling might be applicable to any business functional zone – Supply Chain Management, Marketing, Sales, Production etc.
Business Process Model
Business Process Modeling activity should reflect both enterprise mission and vision.
Intending to model business processes effectively, business process model should describe:
Modeling a Business Process, the analyst has:
o To understand the environment that a Business Process exists within
o To identify customers, the customers’ needs
o To identify the suppliers/vendors/partners of services and materials to the organization
o To understand the competition level
For instance, the business processes of an online retailer would include marketing, sales, order fulfillment, inventory management, and government reporting.
An important part of enterprise Business Process Modeling is the identification of the offerings (services and products) the organization provides to the customers.
o What is being provided?
o Is there any plan to stop providing any of the services or products?
o What is the process of doing that?
Some models are good for logical process modeling, where the focus is on what must be accomplished (but not how); others are well-suited for physical modeling, where the focus is on how the processes are accomplished. Some models can be used for either.
Critical Business Rules
It is essential to explore existing business processes within the organization, and to identify critical business rules that should be captured. Nevertheless, the only fundamental idea but not the deep details must be analyzed.
As the Business Process Model typically has a broader and more inclusive range than just the software system being considered, it also enables the analyst to clearly map what is in the scope of the proposed system and what is to be implemented in other ways (such as a manual process).
Figure 1 Business Process Model | Deciding on Entry Mode | Business Expansion
Resuming all the above-mentioned, Business Process Modeling can be equally used:
o whether for a Start-Up Business Project aiming on Effective Business Processes creation,
o or an already existing Business focusing on Business Processes optimization.