Methodology and Tooling to Combine an Existing Legacy Business Process Model with Best-practice Industry Reference Models for Business Transformation

The report describes a business method for business transformation and tooling that has been developed to enable the business method. Business transformation deals with the strategic alignment of Business and IT to deliver enduring on-demand value of continual business innovation and improvement. It comprises three main challenges:

1. Analysis and modeling of business strategy and operations to drive business transformation.
2. Efficient generation of an IT solution from a business model using techniques from Model-Driven Development (MDD) of software systems.
3. Monitoring and dynamic management of business performance for continual improvement.

The report addresses to the first two challenges in the above list: analysis and modeling of business operations, and the efficient generation of an IT solution from a business model. The report addresses the following business issues:
- Efficiency of process execution in the business,
- Consistency between business requirements and process implementation,
- Integration of IT systems supporting the business processes.

It enables the following business drivers:
- Streamlining and increasing efficiency of business process implementation,
- Enhancing visibility and flexibility of business processes,
- Acquiring adequate tooling and methodology support for aligning process implementation with business requirements by modeling processes and translating them to the IT systems,
- Integrating IT systems and transforming them into an implementation that follows principles of a Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA).

The proposed business method comprises several phases each consisting of detailed steps. Within these steps, specific tools are used to partially automate and support the tasks underlying the steps. The proposed business method comprises several phases each consisting of detailed steps.

By: Jochen Küster, Jana Koehler, Rainer Hauser, Ksenia Ryndina, Jussi Vanhatalo, Michael Wahler

Published in: RZ3663 in 2006

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