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We Need to Focus on Business Processes

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  1. Abstract
  2. Traditionally: Focus on Technology
  3. Business Processes
  4. Next


The barrier to interoperability between software applications is not technology. The barrier is business processes.

Traditionally: Focus on Technology

Traditionally we have treated the issue of interoperability between software applictions as a technology problem. When we see a need to share information we have developed a context-specific method to solve the immediate problem. Using today's technology there are a great many correct ways to move information automatically between two particular applictions:

  • Commerical Middleware
  • Custom database alterations (Oracle, SQL Server)
  • Custom programming (C, Java, Visual Basic, ...)
  • Neutral file (Excel, Notepad)
  • XML Neutral file

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Fig 1 - Problem Space

What is the Problem?

Elswhere in this Primer we have written at length of the problems with point-to-point mapping:

  • The costs of setup and configuration
  • Repeating costs for setup and configuration
  • The cost of interpretation (information ambiguity)
  • Exposed complexity
  • The new global, distributed work execution model amplifies the problem
  • Aging Workforce

Business Processes

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Fig 2 - A New Approach

We need to focus on Information Modeling.

The sun will shine brighter, and God will smile on us.

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  • Senior management has to agree to this
  • IT folks from the business partners need to get together


There are a number of issues associated with the need for interoperability, or with current attempts at interoperability. This section shows how ISO 15926 will help.

How ISO 15926 Will Make Your Life Easier


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