As an aid to managing the complexity of their operations, many of our clients use visual models of their enterprise (business models, organizational structures, business processes and IT-systems). Often they invest thousands of hours and significant budgets into creating, maintaining and documenting these models.
Our experience shows that the information contained in these models is often used only by the few people in the company that know how to create and read these models – even though the information contained in these models would be useful for many people in the company.
To deal with this, some companies attempt to train more people to understand these models – but this is a time-consuming and costly approach that often fails because the people being trained aren’t really interested in learning about modelling languages and modelling tools.
If you think about it, it is easy to understand why this approach fails – after all, training your employees to learn a modeling language and a modeling tool is a bit like forcing somebody to learn a new language just to read an important document – it is much better to simply translate the document, if necessary into multiple languages.
And this is exactly the approach we take when it comes to making models and their contents available to a wider audience: instead of helping the audience to understand the modelling language, we convert the model into something more understandable (such as documents, posters or even web-sites) to make the model’s contents easier to access.
We have been helping clients to generate documents from models for many years – we generated our first “model-driven document” more then 10 years ago in 2001: A web-based process-oriented quality manual generated from an UML model that documented the companies business processes.
Since then, we have generated manifold documents, starting with simple spreadsheets, to process manuals, IT-Specifications and even web-based enterprise architecture portals.
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