From process to information model

From process to information model

The process models show what activities are being performed to create the expected results and what resources are needed, but to describe the information that is handled in the process and its structure, we need to use an information model.

We have developed an easy method to create an information model based on the process model:

  • Identify objects
  • Sort items and drag relationships between the objects
  • Add properties
  • Create sample tables for each object

Since we can reuse the objects between the different models, we get a link between the Process, where we describe how we work and the Information Model – where we describe the information.

The steps of the method is described below and you can see a complete example web publishing

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Identify objects

Based on the process, we want to identify the objects to be added in the information model. Examples of objects can be persons such as customers, employees or suppliers or locations such as office, address, city or country. It can also be things like equipment, products or vehicles. Events such as ordering, delivery or billing are also relevant to the information model.

The green arrows show objects in the process model that we copy to the information model as entities.

Sort items and drag relationships between the objects

Once you have identified a number of information objects, it’s time to start sorting and seeing how they relate to each other and whether they can be grouped in any way. A start may be that we distinguish the objects that describe events from the others, the event items often play a central role in the information model.

Add properties and create table examples

To clarify the image of an information object, we add properties that the object has. For example, it may be properties such as name, phone and social security number of a person or order number and order date of an order.

Once all properties are added to the objects, we can amend with the sample table rows to illustrate how the stored information may look.

Final result

As a final result, this may be published to web or printed in reports for further presentation, either separately or together with the processes.

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