Re: IDEF0 to IDEF1x

From: John Conover <>
Subject: Re: IDEF0 to IDEF1x
Date: Wed, 18 Oct 1995 12:12:21 -0700

Andi Smart writes:
 > Has anyone out there managed to identify the link between IDEF0 and IDEF1x?
 > For some time I have concentrated on thinking about the logical
 > configuration of processes and activities and the transformations they
 > accomplish. At this level of analysis information flows have been identified.
 > In a post hoc attempt to identify the relationship between a process and a
 > data model I have thus far concluded that they should be constructed
 > together. Is this the consensus of this discussion group?
 > I am particularly interested in IDEF0 -> IDEF1x, but would like to collect
 > as much information on other ways that a process to a data model transition
 > has been achieved. Any pointers to relevant research material would be
 > greatly appreciated.

There are ways of handling such issues, mainly from an
information-theoretic standpoint. They require some sophistocated
mathematical skills, but are exceptionally powerful in that they are
capable of relating market and industry data, over time, into the
process to quantify the integrity of the process. Another
recommendation would be to develop an algorithmic model of the
process, and use computability theory to analyze it, (you will
probably be amazed at what you find-there are processes, which
although incredibly simple, require disproportionately more resources
as the complexity of the environment increases.)



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