Networked Business Modelling and Analysis

The figure shows the tools and services of the Networked Business Modelling and Analysis (NBMA) component of the NEFFICS Platform. The figure highlights the existing assets (background) and the foreground developed (or planned) in the NEFFICS project. All of the tools and services are provided as online solutions in the Cloud. A short summary of the functionality of the tools and services are provided in Table 16.

Modelling, in relation to all tools and services in the table below is performed in the browser (web-based), and is based on a meta-model. The various modelling areas are integrated with each other, based on the meta-model, as well as at user-interface level. All tools and services are enabled for multi-tenant use in the cloud. Models are enabled for integration with Ideas that are managed in the Innovation Community. Model creation and editing can be performed as part of innovation work in the Innovation Community.

Table 16: Networked Business Modelling and Analysis (NBMA) tools and services

Tool/Service Short Description Availability Status
BPMN Process Designer BPMN-compliant process model editor Background
BM Designer with/Diagrams and Value Formulas Model editor for Business Models (BMs), compliant with WP4 research, and providing the model-based kernel for Business Model Innovation. It is
integrated with VDML. This integration provides a concrete implementation of “relationships”, both intra- and inter-BM, and represent the functioning of
BMs. Integration with VDML also provides the bridge to model-driven means to implement and manage BMs in business operations (“run-time”). Integration
between BM and VDML also provides a unique and model-driven approach for value-aspects of BMs, including “Value Formula”, and as such provides an
implementation of concepts of WP3, as well as concepts that relate to the relationship between WP3 and WP4.
Foreground – in progress
Service Modelling Editor Oryx-based implementation, developed in WP5, that provides a set of graphical editors to support top-down and from-scratch service modelling. Note that BOP, as
“Services Oriented Architecture (SOA)”-based platform supports many aspects of (integrated) web-service modelling (see SOA Models component), but was yet
lacking top-down and graphical service modelling. This component compensates for that. Integration of this component, which also includes integration with
VDML, as researched in WP5, might not be fully achieved during NEFFICS itself.
Foreground – ready to use
CMMN Designer Case model editor that served as leading implementation in the NEFFICS-driven CMMN standardization effort. Its compliance with CMMN is improved in steps, partly
based on integration with other designers, such as Entity Modelling and VDML, and partly based on use case feedback.
Foreground – ready to use
VDML Designer Integrated set of editors, to support value-driven business design, which provides concrete representations of elements in all BM dimensions (as identified in WP4), integrated with each other. Its integrated support for Value analysis provides support for WP3 concepts. VDML-based business designs also provide alignment with process and service designs. It is envisaged that process and service designs can, for the greater part, be transformed from VDML models. The analysis that VDML modelling really is, can be considered value-driven process- and service “discovery” as well. VDML is a key integrative medium, connecting and aligning all areas in NEFFICS, as far as modelling and model-based analysis and management is concerned. Foreground – ready to use
Entity Designer Information modelling capability, integrated with other modelling viewpoints in BOP. It enables business analysts to model SOA-based composite applications by defining and/or applying business information entities in their own business domain, without having to be exposed to the underlying technical details of SOA. It also enables that all roles, including business analysts and application developers can work from the same model. It increases the extent to which applications can be model-driven and it makes modelling and development more productive and easier for non-technical users. Foreground – ready to use
UI Models User interface editor, providing all round support for “Rich Internet Applications”. Background
Rules Decision Business rules and decision table editors. Background
SOA Models Model-driven means to generate, create and “mashup” web-services. In BOP, web-services are integrated with (almost) all other modelling viewpoints. Note that BOP itself has been designed based on SOA principles, and is web-service oriented. Background
Transformation management Model-driven means, integrated with other modelling viewpoints, that support managed and controlled change of models, in the context of business innovation. It will enable further advancement of integration with the Innovation Community. It is intended to also provide integration with Case Management, for the purpose of managing changes. Foreground – in progress
Social collaboration A framework, as integrated part of the modelling framework in BOP, that enables modelling in social-collaborative mode between parties in a network, by applying social media techniques. Foreground – ready to use