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Business Layer Relationships (Continued)

This second of three articles concentrate on the relationships associated with each of the elements in the Business Concept library. Certain relationships apply to each concept and should be understood by EA practitioners. The relationships were stated in the previous articles; this article expands on those aspects.

Business Behavior Concepts

Business Process – the identification of a flow of a system. A business process may:

  • be triggered by, or trigger, any other business behavior element.

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  • access business objects.

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  • realize one or more business services and may use (internal) business services or application services.

3A business role or an application component may be assigned to a business process to perform this process manually or automated, respectively.

4Business Function – groups a set of related behaviors. A business function may:

  • be triggered by, or trigger, any other business behavior element (business event, business process, business function, or business interaction).

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  • access business objects.

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  • realize one or more business services and may use (internal) business services or application services.

7A business role or an application component may be assigned to a business function.

8Business Interaction – the activity related to a Business Collaboration. A business interaction may:

  • be triggered by, or trigger, any other business behavior element

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  • access business objects

10Realize one or more business services and may use (internal) business services or application services.

11A business collaboration or an application collaboration may be assigned to a business interaction.

12Business Event – a causal activity that initiates change. A business event may:

  • trigger or be triggered (raised) by a business process, business function, or business interaction.

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  • access a business object and may be composed of other business events.

14Business Service – customer facing delivery of a product. A business service is associated with a value

15A business service may be used by a business process, business function, or business interaction.

16A business process, business function, or business interaction may realize a business service.

17A business interface or application interface may be assigned to a business service.

18A business service may access business objects.

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Next time…

Next week’s article follows this subject with examples of the relationships with Business Informational concepts.

This blog includes extracts of the ArchiMate 2.0 Specification, Copyright © 2009-2012 The Open Group. ArchiMate® is a registered trademark of The Open Group. For the original material please refer to this page.

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Steve is a leading practitioner lecturer, educator, and trainer in Enterprise Architecture (EA), with a number of roles in the global strategic transformation community. The Founder and CEO of EA Principals. Steve is one of the leading 10 TOGAF trainers in the world, having trained about 1750 people himself. He is author of the book, “Organization Theory and Transformation of Large, Complex Organizations." Steve designed ArchiMate 2.0 Certification and TOGAF Certification e-learning in conjunction with Good e-Learning and trains groups around the world.
  • Matt Johnson

    I think you might have your triggers arrow and uses arrow mixed up. I use the Archi tool and they have them the other way around compared to your diagrams.

  • Jamie

    Hi Matt,

    Thank you for bringing this to our attention, we’re looking into it. In the mean time we hope you enjoy the rest of the blog!

    Many thanks,

    Jamie