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Business Function Model

A Business Function Model (BFM) is a general description or category of operations performed routinely to carry out an organization's mission. They "provide a conceptual structure for the identification of general business functions". It can show the critical business processes in the context of the business area functions. The processes in the business function model must be consistent with the processes in the value chain models. Processes are a group of related business activities performed to produce an end product or to provide a service. Unlike business functions that are performed on a continual basis, processes are characterized by the fact that they have a specific beginning and an end point marked by the delivery of a desired output. The figure on the right depicts the relationship between the business processes, business functions, and the business area’s business reference model.[1]


Business Function Model
source: Infor


Stages in Business Function Modeling[2]
The stages in Business Function Modeling within IMM™ are:

  • Identify sources of Functions or collect information from which Functions can be identified.
  • Analyze all gathered information and sources and extract all “candidate” functions.
  • Convert “Candidate” Functions to true Functions.
  • Build the Function Catalogue.
  • Feed back what has been modelled to the business to ensure that it is correct.
  • Liaise with system developers to ensure that any systems built truly support the Function Catalogue.

The Function Catalogue is the single most powerful business model that there is because:

  • It allows all of a business to be to be seen – on one sheet of paper if necessary.
  • All decomposition can be done through it – painlessly.
  • It enables duplication of activity to be identified and removed.
  • All other models – including process models – are built from it.
  • It suggests good structures for the business.
  • It tells you what modules you need in any computer system.
  • It is a powerful aid for planning computer development projects


See Also

Business
Business-to-Business (B2B)
Business Application
Business-Driven Development (BDD)
Business-to-Business Gateway
Business-to-Consumer (B2C)
Business Accelerator
Business Activity Monitoring (BAM)
Business Analysis
Business Analytics
Business Application
Business Application Programming Interface (BAPI)
Business Architecture
Business Asset
Business Capability
Business Capability Modeling
Business Ethics
Business Case
Business Centric Methodology (BCM)
Business Continuity Management (BCM)
Business Continuity Plan (BCP)
Business Continuity Planning (BCP)
Business Cycle
Business Diversification
Business Driven Technology
Business Drivers
Business Ecosystem
Business Environment and Internal Control Factors (BEICF)
Business Excellence
Business Expansion
Business Function
Business Function Model
Business IT Alignment
Business Impact Analysis (BIA)
Business Incubator
Business Insurance
Business Integration
Business Intelligence
Business Interruption Insurance
Business Life Cycle
Business Logic
Business Management System (BMS)
Business Model Innovation (BMI)
Business Model for Information Security (BMIS)
Business Motivation Model (BMM)
Business Objects
Business Operations
Business Oriented Architecture (BOA)
Business Mission
Business Vision
Business Model
Business Goals
Business Objective
Corporate Structure
Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
IT Strategy (Information Technology Strategy)
IT Governance
Enterprise Architecture
IT Sourcing (Information Technology Sourcing)
IT Operations (Information Technology Operations)


References

  1. What is Business Function Model Wikipedia
  2. Stages in Business Function Modeling Integrated Modeling Method