Reducing the risk, cost and time to deployment of new business systems

neXus Tool Suite

Overview

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Business change programs require a set of tools with which to analyze their enterprise, manage the associated knowledge, and to develop specifications capable of aligning and managing the activities of information technology, human resources, and facility managers with operational organizations .  The neXus consists of four major components including:

neXus capabilities leverage Microsoft Office applications including:

neXus Knowledgebase

 

 

 

The neXus is an encyclopedia of knowledge of how businesses operate. Change practitioners including business, human resource, information technology, facilities, and equipment analysts can capture and access knowledge with the neXus.  The neXus contains:

  • Enterprise models

  • Change process knowledge

  • Integrated Visio diagrams

  • Multimedia references

The neXus enterprise model provides the framework for analysis and knowledge management.  The neXus enterprise model is developed from a business system engineering, software and accounting backgrounds.  neXus models are intended to support the analysis of how businesses operate, and in that context determine how technologies, people, and facilities perform  processes producing products to sell to customers.  This business focus is the driver for the vocabulary for the neXus which supports business improvement discussions.  

Scope The neXus contains the knowledge necessary to define, analyze, and carryout change programs.  The highlighted portion of the Zachman Framework shown below is contained in the neXus.  This is the business portion of the framework. Beyond this the neXus contains performance measures, expenses, revenues, change program definitions, knowledge, references, glossaries, etc. 

Business Analysis

 

 

The Knowledge neXus extends modeling capabilities to include today’s virtual enterprises, and addresses the need to holistically model complex integrated business operations. neXus enterprise modeling capabilities enhance and unify traditional Process and Organizational modeling methods and tools. The result is a unified view of business operations providing the knowledge necessary to effectively understand operations, manage change, and improve performance.

Primary objectives of neXus users are to:

  1. Understand the operational dynamics of businesses and how they produce bottom line results.

  2. Provide models and specifications to drive changes in process, organization, information technology, human capital, facilities and equipment.

The neXus amplifies the efforts of business analysts to understand and change enterprise operations. It extends the methods and tools developed to model and understand business processes and organizations to include the dynamics of the whole enterprise. The figure above illustrates the scope and focus of the enterprise model. The enterprise template enables analysts to place technology and human capital in the context of how the business operates to produce bottom line results. The neXus has been designed to capture knowledge of the business entities necessary to produce the contents of an Income Statement and a Balance Sheet. It captures, through modeling, the business knowledge required to drive changes to: IT, HR, Facilities and Equipment. 

The enterprise model is interfaced to information technology methods (such as Use Cases), and human capital methods (such as competency analysis) in the neXus.

Financial Analysis

 

 

 

The Net Income Analyzer (NIA) allows business analysts to evaluate the financial performance of businesses in response to proposed changes to business systems.  The NIA produces pro forma income statements from enterprise models constructed with the neXus.  The financial impact of changes to products, processes, human capital, information technology, facilities, and equipment can be evaluated.  NIA with Knowledge neXus provides the first integrated capability to model enterprise operations and derive bottom line financial consequences. 

NIA analyzes the enterprise model to produce the income statement.  Products, their pricing and quantities sold provide sales for the income statement.  The model template for each type of asset captures cost information.  For example, positions in the organization have salaries, and capital investments in facilities, equipment, and information technology have depreciation. 

The neXus Net Income Analyzer allows business analysts to compare the operational results of alternative business configurations.  They can use the NIA throughout the change program life cycle analyzing proposals, assessing risk, trading off design alternatives and building business cases for change.  The Knowledge neXus and Net Income Analyzer combine to provide unique new tools for understanding operations and improving business performance. 

The primary metric for business operational performance is the income statement. The Net Income Analyzer (NIA) takes a selected enterprise model and creates a pro forma income statement as shown in the example to the right.

NIA gathers sales and direct material cost data from the product facet of the enterprise model. It analyzes process models to gather asset expense data. Expenses are allocated to processes and are assigned to the appropriate income statement categories.

The bottom line or net income appears at the lower right of the example. In this case net income of approximately 16 million dollars was generated on sales of approximately 63 million dollars.

Analysts can develop different enterprise model versions representing alternative business conditions or configurations. Income statements generated from these models can then be used to choose among alternatives.

The NIA is unique in that it transforms operational models of organization, process, products, and assets into financial results. The enterprise model that results is the foundation for publishing blueprints and specifications to manage the process of change.

NIA Income Statement

Microsoft Integration

The neXus approach to Business Transformation uses the standard Microsoft tools for analysis (Excel),  diagramming (Visio) and documentation (Word). This approach leverages customers existing financial and human capital investments in Microsoft's products.  The Microsoft product suite, however, does not provide the Enterprise Modeling and Knowledge Management tools required to address to Enterprise Wide changes that typify business transformation projects today.

The combination of Microsoft products with the Enterprise Modeling and Knowledge Management capabilities of the neXus provide the foundation tool capabilities required to carry out business performance enhancement programs.    

Key Features

The neXus provides a rich tool suite for interacting with and manipulating its knowledgebase.  The tool suite includes the Knowledge Manager, the Domain Explorer, the Reference Manager the Diagram Manager, and the Domain Mapper. 

  • Business Analysis 
  • Income Statements
  • "How to" Knowledge Management
  • Model and Methodology Extensibility
  • Intuitive business vocabulary to access knowledge
  • Open Architecture
  • Ease of Use
  • Integration with Visio, Word, Project and Excel
  • Blueprints and Specifications
  • Presentation Quality Graphics
  • Low cost High Impact
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