Object-oriented bus planning LO6932

William J. Hobler, Jr. (bhobler@cpcug.org)
Tue, 23 Apr 1996 17:54:37 -0400

Replying to LO6877 --

John Zavacki wrote

Replying to John Paul Fullerton
>>> the book _Business Objects_ by David Taylor. ...Rick]
>> "Business Engineering with Object Technology" at
>> http://www.rtis.com/nat/user/jfullerton/objects.htm

>John Paul's extension of the oo approach is one that interests me =
>greatly. It is in use in the Agile Manufacturing and Virtual =
>Organization area, but is not as well specified as the information shown =
>on John Paul's web.

The article 'The Case for Expressive Systems' in the Sloan Management
Review Vol 36 Number 2 Winter 1995 by Richard Pawson, Jean-Louis Bravard
and Lorette Cameron extends the concept of OO in a direction that IMHO
will prevail.

The case is that there are business expressions that are repetitive.
These can be related with each other to build, very rapidly, support for
new business processes.

Having been the lead creator of a financial product system that built
retail banking products automatically I have seen this concept work
supremely well. We modeled a financial contract from the terms and
conditions contained in them. Allowed a marketers to drag and drop the
terms and conditions and test the product. The corporation's support and
administrative systems were changed to accept the marketers model and
properly process completed contracts.

One must get down to nitty gritty about the real business rules and the
data elements needed with business people but it works. The real trick is
to keep the attention of the business people. Where is the knowledge that
is lost in information? Whwere is wisdom that is lost in knowledge?
T. S. Eliot
bhobler@cpcug.org Bill


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