Learn Business Information Analysis

An introductory course that teaches how to analysis the information/data aspects of a business.
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  • Lectures 10
  • Length 1 hour
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 12/2015 English

Course Description

This tutorial teaches you how to analyze the Information/Data aspects of any business, large or small.

This is an introductory technical course for anyone wanting to understand how to analyze the information/data aspects of an organization. The subject matter is an essential part of creating a quality business or any Business Improvement effort.

This is an Introductory Tutorial intended to give you a good knowledge of Information Analysis concepts and a reading knowledge of the Information Analysis effort result, which is a business Information Analysis Specification containing a Data Model such as an Entity Relationship Diagram (ERD) and supporting specifications for Entities, Relationships and Data Elements.

Even though this is an introductory tutorial that can be used to analyze any size organization, there’s enough information in this course to create an Information Model and support specifications for a business.

The course uses pictures, graphics both static and animated, with voice over to show the various real world examples.

What are the requirements?

  • No prior knowledge of the subject is necessary.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • With over 10 lectures and 1 hour of content you will learn:
  • The Goals of Information Analysis
  • How to Discover Essential Information
  • An Overview of Information Analysis including Modeling notation for a typical Data Model and an Entity Relationship Diagram (ERD)
  • How to Identify and Depict Entities (Groups of data in a Business) on an Information Model and Specify them in a Support Specification
  • How to Identify and Depict Relationships between Entities on an Information Model and Specify them in a Support Specification
  • How to Gather and Specify Data Elements (Facts about Entities) in a Support Specification
  • The importance of using Business Events to Identify Essential Data
  • How to use an Information Model to create new File Designs (both Computer and Manual files).

What is the target audience?

  • This is an introductory technical course for anyone wanting to understand how to analyze the information/data aspects of an organization. The subject matter is an essential part of creating a quality business or any Business Improvement effort.
  • This is not an advanced course however it contains the extracted sections from my advanced course.

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Curriculum

Section 1: Introduction to Business Information Analysis
02:29

This tutorial teaches you how to analyze the Information/Data aspects of any business, large or small.

This is an Introductory Tutorial intended to give you a good knowledge of Information Analysis concepts and a reading knowledge of the Information Analysis effort result, which is a business Information Analysis Specification containing a Data Model such as an Entity Relationship Diagram (ERD) and supporting specifications for Entities, Relationships and Data Elements.

Even though this is an introductory tutorial that can be used to analyze any size organization, there’s enough information in this course to create an Information Model and support specifications for a business.

01:56

This section identifies the overall goal of Business Information Analysis.

As well as a number of supplemental goals -

Across an organization’s stored data, we want:

  • No Dead Data
  • No Redundant Data
  • No Intermediate/Transient Data files
  • No Obsolete Data
  • No Alias Names for the same Data Element.

This tutorial addresses how these goals can be obtained with an Information Analysis effort.

04:33

This section describes the sources from which we gather the content of an Information Model and its Specification.

It initially identifies the difference between Metadata and Data.

Then identifies the need to see through the design of existing files to discover the groups of data (Entities), and their implied relationships between those groups of data, in the existing systems’ files.

Using the Entities and their Relationships we can start to form a graphical Information Model with support specifications.

05:22

This sections starts with a definition of an Information Model.

Then describes the symbology/notation of two of the most popular models a Data Model and an Entity Relationship Diagram. Both of these depict Entities, Relationships and the Cardinality of Relationships.

It identifies the deliverable the Information Analysis Specification components:

  • Entities depicted on the Information Model
  • Relationships depicted on the information model
  • Data Elements describing the content of each Entity.

This course uses an Entity Relationship Diagram for its examples.

13:28

This section describes Top-down Information Analysis, where we first discover Entities and then their Relationships and then the Data Elements contained in the Entities.

This is the primary part of creating an Information Specification.

It gives a definition of an Entity, how it notated on the Information Model and specified in a detailed Entity Specification.

It describes how an Entity can be Physical, Non-Physical or Abstract.

As well as the difference between Entity-Types and Entity Occurrences.

The two basic rules for validating Entity-Types are defined as well as how an Entity is accessed – its key.

It shows a detailed sample Entity Specification and a cautionary note for when discovering and naming Entities.

15:18

This is the second most important part of creating an Information Specification. Hence the name Entity Relationship Diagram (also abbreviated to the acronym - ERD).

This section identifies how we find relationships between any two associated Entities and model them on an Entity Relationship Diagram which can model an “N-ary” relationship structure.

It gives a formal definition of a Relationship, how its notated on the Information Model and supported with a Relationship Specification.

Cardinality between Entities (i.e., 1-1, 1-N, or N-N) is discussed along with Relationship Connection Rules.

An example of how we discover Business Relationships is shown and the issue of naming Relationships is discussed.

13:09

This section covers the Analysis of Data Elements, sometimes called Data Attributes or Data Fields. This is the detailed level of an Information Specification.

It gives a formal definition of a Data Element, how they are discovered and specified in detail.

A Data Element Naming Standard is described as well as what is a Key Data Element verses a non-key Data Element.

It finishes with an example of a detailed specification for a Data Element.

03:39

This section discusses the important concept of Customer Business Events and how they are used to identify Essential Stored Data.

It identifies why all existing files in an organization are not necessarily essential.

An example is used to show this point using files between human jobs and how it can be applied to files between two computer programs. And the concept used to also evaluate files between departments and systems.

The definition of an Essential File in analysis is identified.

05:00

This section addresses how the Information Analysis result will be used to create a good new design and implementation of an organization’s data requirements.

It starts with forming of the Organization’s Information Model (also known as the Corporate Data Model or Enterprise Data Model).

The Information Model is logical i.e. it can be implemented with any physical file structure.

So the Computer Database designer can implement the Information Model into a specific database structure, e.g. Relational Tables.

Similarly, the Manual File designer can implement the Information Model into a filing system: e.g. File cabinets, index files, folders, designed forms.

An example is shown using a portion of the Information Model to form a Computer and Manual file design.

01:34

This is a wrap-up section.

It goes through the goals of Information Analysis that were stated at the beginning of the course:

  • No Dead Data
  • No Redundant Data
  • No Intermediate/Transient Data files
  • No Obsolete Data
  • No Alias Names for the same Data Element

and points out how they were satisfied.

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Instructor Biography

Brian Dickinson, President & CEO

I am the President and CEO of Logical Conclusions, Inc., a training and consulting company specializing in how to create a Customer Focused, Event-Driven organization. For over three decades I've assisted Business Process Management/Improvement and Re-engineering projects at many major corporations and government agencies.

I've created numerous videos and educational tutorials on how to create the definitive efficient business structure for any organization.

I've also taught thousands of attendees at live business user and technical workshop seminars.

Being a prolific guest speaker I've given  talks at many Business Process/Information Resource conferences such as conducting keynote and featured speeches at:

  • Project Management Institute
  • US Universities, many ProjectWorld conferences,
  • GIGA Business Process & Workflow International conference
  • Workflow & Re-Engineering International Association (WARIA) conferences.
  • Enterprise Architecture and Business Process Management IIRM conferences.

Also presentations at:

  • International Business Rules Forum
  • National BPR Enterprise Re-Engineering Conf.
  • International Conf. on Software Engineering
  • Technology Transfer Institute
  • Many DCI conferences
  • Shared Insights
  • GIGA
  • ICTIP
  • IT & Business Alignment Forum
  • EDP Auditors Assoc. International Conf.
  • DOE Impact Conf.
  • and many more.

I've published many books and articles on Business Improvement and Quality Systems Development. My latest e-book is titled “Strategic Planning using a Customer-Focused, Event-Driven model”.

I have been a proud participant in the US Citizen Ambassador Program representing the U.S.A. in China and Russia.

I can be reached at: Brian@LogicalConclusionsInc.com

 

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