Business Information Technology
Our intention is to discuss techniques for modeling business systems to facilitate management.
The better a business understands the way it functions, the better it is able to manage its operations.
The decisions essential for the health of the business generally fall into two categories: production and development, the challenge is to get the balance right.
Top priority is production: there are the obvious and immediate things that need to be done, but the priority is generally production, fulfilling customer orders, which represent short-term cashflow.
Second priority is development: where we are working for the future, creating production capacity, but sometimes it’s not obvious when and how to switch between today work and development work.
Organizational decision-making is then about what activities to do today, whether current or for the future, when to switch and how to balance effort across all areas which crave attention.
Knowing what to do depends on having a clear understanding of the domain in which we operate, and is key to developing desired outcomes.
Our aim is to assist businesses to understand both the current domain and the future domain and to help focus efforts in continuous improvement.
Examples of such tools are:
- Visual system modeling with UML (Enterprise Architect)
- Approaches to Mindmapping and software such as Simplemind
- Brainstorming attitudes and techniques
- Using Evernote as a library of captured experience
- Task and priority management software (such as Trello)
- Operational management systems such as Odoo ERP