Business Logic and Information Systems

If you want to become more valuable to your company, you should begin by understanding the business logic of your company.

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Business logic might be best defined as a formal functional activity that is performed based on specific operating procedures within a business. This is simply what a business does and why they do it that way. Business process modeling is a technique of designing and capturing the business logic of a company. Understanding the internal business procedures is critical in the determination of how an organization can become more efficient. These business models give companies a tool to communicate their current procedures in a standard manner.

All processes within an organization consist of multiple layers of business logic. Two companies might be in the same business, but they might do their business processes completely different. Some businesses process might be exactly the same between these same two businesses. Imagine the process that is required to access a computer. Typically the computer would require the user to enter a name and password. This name and password combination is then verified and validated. Incorrect passwords cause the computer application to prompt the user to re-attempt the required credential business logic process.

A successful business might stumble into a successful business logic that works, but a efficient and effective business model is one that is completely documented from beginning to end, and every process is understood and evaluated. If you image that you are the person that has documented that process, understands the process, and can apply basic changes to improve efficiency, then you now see how that could be valuable to the company.

Business logic is also used in the are of business process re-engineering. This is a technique used by many organizations to streamline and improve existing business processes. Manufacturing is an industry that typically requires specific steps to complete a process. Improving these steps can increase productivity and profits for the organization.

You should start learning everything you can about the business you work for today, and start documenting the process from beginning to end. Once you have that process documented, you can start looking for efficient processes and procedures. Once you find an process or procedure that can be improved, you are also well positions to argue that your solution would improve the business logic because you understand how that one process impacts the business from end-to-end.

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If you work for a company that has a $500,000,000 in revenue, and you are able to improve processes that lead to just a 1% improvement in revenue, you just helped the company generate $5,000,000. You can understand how that will get the attention of the company leaders. It doesn’t have to be a change in information systems to generate these kinds of savings. This might be as simple as reducing paperwork required to create a sales order resulting in faster orders. It could be a change in shipping package materials, resulting in lighter packages and lower shipping costs.

As a member of your company information systems department, you are in the position to see most of those business processes and also document those processes. You are also in a position to recommend process changes, system improvements, and to recommend procedural changes to make existing processes more efficient.

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