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Business Information Analysis Introductory Tutorial

Online courses in Business Process Analysis and Business Information Analysis

This tutorial teaches you how to analyze the information aspects of an organization.

This tutorial is intended to give you a good knowledge of Business Information Analysis concepts and a reading knowledge of the analysis effort result, which is a Business Information Analysis Specification

Even though this is an introductory tutorial, if you are in a small organization, you will probably find that thereís enough information in here to create a good Information Specification.
The Goals of Information Analysis
Overall Goal of Business Information Analysis
Supplemental Goals for Information Analysis
Data versus Metadata
The Information Model's content sources
Seeing through existing File Design
Discovering Essential Information
Events and Data Storage
The Concept of Events
What is an Event in the Business World?
Creating Essential Files via Events
Overview of Information Analysis
Definition of an Information Model
Notation of 2 popular Information Models
Example of 2 types of Information models
Components of a Business Information Specification
Analysis of Entities
Top Down Information Analysis
Definition of an Enity
How we form Entities
Discerning an Entity-Type and Entity Occurrences
Rules for validating Entity-Types
Discovering Entities
A sample Entity Specification
Analysis of Relationships
A Logical Conclusion for the Organization
Meeting our Information Analysis goals
Some closing remarks
Analysis of Data Elements
Definition of a Relationship
Discovering Business Reltionships
Naming Relationships
Representing Relationship Cardinality
Relationship Type and Occurrences
Relationship Connection Rules
Capturing Compound Relationships
A sample Relationship Specification
Definition of a Data Element
Discovering Data Elements
A Data Element Naming Standard
Data Element Format, Content/Domain
A Sample Data Element Specification
Forming an Organization's Information Model
Implementing the information Model
The Beginnings of Design
Title and Outline
Introduction
Established Models for specifying Buiness spects
Seeing Essential Business Requirements
3 Important things to capture in Information Analysis
 
This tutorial is intended to give you a general knowledge of Business Information Analysis and its result - a Business Information Model with support specifications. It shows you how to capture the Essential Business Information in an organization.

The emphasis is on the gathering and specifying of information requirements for static data (i.e., stored data) and their relationships.
 
As data is typically utilized across an organizationís manual and computer systems, this data analysis effort is a critical task for any organization.

The inability to specify an organization-wide set of data and their relationships can lead to mass redundancy of data and unsynchronized information as well as dead data (gathered and updated, but not used). This is regardless of any latest database implementation or stringent manual procedures.

Business Information Analysis draws heavily on graphical as well as textual documentation (models) to assist in gathering critical information requirements. Two widely accepted and applicable models for Information Analysis are Entity Relationship Diagrams and Data Models which graphically represent an organizationís stored data as Entities (cohesive groupings of facts), Relationships (associations between Entities), and Data Elements (business facts).

This tutorial uses real world examples to show the importance of deriving a business view of Information and their Relationships in an organization. This view removes any old design characteristics for manual and computer files that may be in place today so that they do not corrupt the new design of stored data.
The resultant Business Information Specification forms the Enterprise/Organization Information Model and is used to create database and manual file designs.

The methodology presented in this tutorial can be used to analyze any size organization.
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