Q&A

Q: I think that DEMO could be of interest to my organization, what shall I do?

A: Bring your business case and questions to us. In a day or two we shall provide you with a clear answer to your questions. You will have a much deeper understanding of your organization and you will know if and how you will benefit from DEMO.

Q: What is Enterprise Engineering?

A: Enterprise Engineering is the latest engineering discipline, following disciplines of avionics and electronics. It is an engineering discipline, based on the same foundations and principles as all the other well-accepted and successful engineering disciplines. It distinguishes itself in this way from the mainstream contemporary methods for organizational design and architecture in a fundamental way.  Contemporary methods, such as TOGAF, EPC, Archimate, BPMN etc, lack either completely or to a large extend, solid scientific and mathematical foundations. This is seen as the root cause of the high degree of failures today in organizational (re)design and IT systems engineering (lit).

Q: What is DEMO?

A: DEMO is the acronym of : Design & Engineering Methodology for Organizations.
Enterprise Engineering is the domain discipline and DEMO is the methdology to devise enterprise models, including process models etc. DEMO is founded on solid scientific foundations, originating also from sociology and philosophy. The most valuable aspect is the human quality oriented approach.

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Q: What is the relation between DEMO and Workflow such as BPMN

A: A DEMO model encompasses much “more” than just “workflow”. A DEMO model is a complete representation of an enterprise while workflow focusses on sequence of tasks to be executed. A DEMO model is a much more precise specification and is expressed in formal mathematical languages. This is opposed to BPMN, which is an informal “notation” but not an “executabe language”. The second major difference is that BPMN is based on “best practises” while DEMO is a formal engineering methodology. These two reasons explain the many practical problems, notably project uncontrollable resource use and proejct failure rates, lack of business-IT alignment problems, when (BPMN) workflow procedures must be implemented in production.

Current research with the CCMI of the Czech University of Technology is aiming to use DEMO and the DEMO engine to devise enterprise models. These enterprise models are to be translated automatically into perfectly correct BPMN models. In this way the two mentioned shortcomings are eliminated; DEMO supports to develop better BPMN models.

DEMO is BPM for advanced consultants. This is recognized by leading experts in the BPMN world, such as Jon Pyke, click here for his opinion.

Q: Who developed DEMO?

A: DEMO has been developed by Prof. dr. ir. Jan Dietz,  professor emeritus at the Delft University of Technology. Since then many researchers have contributed to this work and the field became the new discipline of enterprise engineering. Also Formetis recognized at an early phase the underlying strength and qualities of DEMO.

Q: What is Rapid Enterprise Design (RED)?

A: RED is the standard approach for enterprise redesign and change. It consists practically of five steps.

1 In one or a few workshops the need for organizational change are identified and a common language – representation is created. This representation is suitable for any stakeholders – non technical persons with domain knowledge – to think and reason  about the enterprise with other stakeholders.

2  By means of interviews and shared reasoning the current situation (IST) of the organization is determined.

3 Improvements and changes of the organization (SOLL) are proposed, using shared reasoning.

4 After quality assessment, validation and simulation, the desired organization, represented by DEMO models, is chosen.

5 The DEMO models are the foundation for organization implementation. It means that in daily operation the enterprise operation follows precisely the DEMO models. This is realized by application of the enterprise operating system.

Q: What is the relation between DEMO en IT?

A:  The most important point is the stance that information systems should support organizations. In the first place information systems support in a prescriptive way – similar to workflow but much more precise – that organizations operate as intended and precisely defined by DEMO models. In the second place information systems should provide a precise descriptive perspective on the operation of the organization. Examples are financial systems, inventory systems, staffing systems. Information systems are not stand-alone technical artifacts doing things independently from the organization. This clear stance explains why information systems should be directly derived from DEMO models and why any change of the organization typically demands also a change in the supporting information systems.  The automatic generation of information systems by applying DEMO model driven software engineering implies almost entirely elimination of programming and its many related problems. This is a major research field of ForMetis.