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Modeling the Relationship between Business Models and System Functionality with Maps

Modeling the Relationship between Business Models and System Functionality with Maps
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Author(s): Rim Kaabi (Université Paris 1 - Panthéon - Sorbonne, France) and Anne Etien (Université Paris 1 - Panthéon - Sorbonne, France)
Copyright: 2004
Pages: 4
Source title: Innovations Through Information Technology
Source Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, D.B.A. (Information Resources Management Association, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-261-9.ch137
ISBN13: 9781616921255
EISBN13: 9781466665347

Abstract

The bi-directional dependence between organisations and IT leads to better understand the necessary alignment between business models (BM) and associated system functionality models (SFM). The baseline of this paper is that there is a “conceptual mismatch” between languages expressing BM and SFM that should be minimised. For this purpose, we propose to raise the level of SFM from a functional description to a goal-oriented one. We use the SAP-Material Management example to illustrate this. We propose to represent goals together with the strategies to achieve them in a directed graph called map. The paper presents the concept of a map and illustrates it with the SAP- MM map. The BM/SFM relationship is then discussed and the alignment problem is highlighted in the case of an ERP system installation.

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