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Business Reference Models

An important tool in developing business architecture is a business domain reference model.  They typically provide a standard business language and are used to provide context and standards for systems integration within that domain.  These solutions may be between organizations or within organizations.  This systems integration bias can be a blessing in that it ensures rigor.  They may provide a kick start in identifying business services that must be the foundation of a successful SOA strategy.  It also mean that the model may be skewed towards the particular integration issues that have historically occured and may not be complete in some required areas.  This said they are important tool in accelerating business architecture development so I have listed a number of models.

This list is not complete, so please feel free to let me know of any more models and to provide feedback based on experience of using the models...

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Reader Comments (2)

These types of models can be enormously beneficial. We developed one in our organization to build and extend our information architecture. The shared vocabulary (verbal and visual) that emerges from these efforts promotes clear and effective communication.

I would recommend that the research used to develop this framework be executed by external researchers; this adds a nice counterweight to balance many internal biases. I would also recommend taking steps (and I am not even sure what they are) to ensure that your model is not biased toward (or against) particular vendor models/approaches.

June 9, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTed Simpson

True the models are beneficial like any domain model. However the lack of domain specific languages and domain modeling tools in general are a great impediment to the adoption of these. Other than the half hearted support until now from Microsoft on their DSL tools, and a general lack of skills around these I do not see much traction in the market.

June 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterWiseMan

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