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Sparx Systems UML Tutorials

The Business Process Model

UML TUTORIALS

THE BUSINESS PROCESS MODEL

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Sparx Systems UML TutorialsThe Business Process Model

The Business Process Model
An introduction to the terminology and icons used in the Business Process Model. Provides a quick introduction to some Unified ModellingLanguage (UML) concepts and how they are applied in Enterprise Architect's Business Process Model. A business process: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Has a Goal Has specific inputs Has specific outputs Usesresources Has a number of activities that are performed in some order May affect more than one organizational unit. Horizontal organizational impact Creates value of some kind for the customer. Thecustomer may be internal or external.

Process Models

Business Process A business process is a collection of activities designed to produce a specific output for a particular customer or market. Itimplies a strong emphasis on how the work is done within and organization, in contrast to a product's focus on what. A process is thus a specific ordering of work activities across time and place, with abeginning, an end, and clearly defined inputs and outputs: a structure for action.

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Sparx Systems UML Tutorials

The Business Process Model

Connections •Supply link from object Information. A supply link indicates that the information or object linked to the process is not used up in the processing phase. For example, order templates may be used overand over to provide new orders of a certain style - the templates are not altered or exhausted as part of this activity. • Supply link from object Resource. An input link indicates that the attachedobject or resource is consumed in the processing procedure. As an example, as customer orders are processed they are completed and signed off, and typically are used only once per unique resource...
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