Business Studio: business modeling, business architecture, organization development cycle

A company is a complex system

This is something each and every executive or business analyst knows firsthand. They already know that, in practice, when making decisions involving changes within a company, whether it be optimizing operational activities, creating a new department or introducing an information system, analysis of the inter-relationship between the various elements involved is essential. And those who have experience creating a new business may remember that it is quite akin to running a marathon. But why is it so?

The fact is that no one person is able to hold the entire company structure in sufficient detail in their head to be able to make accurate and informed decisions. A company as a system is far too complex. Ignoring this complexity and attempting to make decisions based on only a small proportion of the many factors involved is very much like playing roulette: You might get lucky. Then again, you might not.

So what’s the solution? In order to «see» a company in its entirety, you need some kind of a layout plan, much as, for example, an architect needs a blueprint when working on a building.

Business modeling

is the process of creating a company’s business architecture.

Business architecture

is a business model containing the following elements as well as their inter-relationships:

  1. Business requirements of company owners and strategies for their implementation.
  2. A conceptual activity model used to address key issues in respect of its structure.
  3. Detailed operational descriptions of the main business processes for a clear understanding of what needs to be done in the company and how.
  4. An organizational structure of a company and a structure of its information systems and data.
  5. Resources and means of production used in operational processes.

An organizational design tool

The Business Studio system developed by Umalogic may be thought of as a tool to use in the design of a company or organization, or, in other words, to use in the creation of a layout plan of the company’s business architecture.

Business Studio facilitates creation of a comprehensive business architecture model that includes:

  • business requirements of company owners and strategies for their implementation;
  • a conceptual activity model used to address key issues in respect of its structure;
  • detailed operational descriptions of the main business processes for a clear understanding of what needs to be done in a company and how;
  • an organizational structure;
  • a structure of information systems and data;
  • resources and means of production used in operational processes.

Models are used as a basis for making real changes to the company activities, such as the personnel recruitment and training, procurement of the necessary means of production, and the introduction of information systems. Company activities are then monitored, allowing the cycle of organizational development to be repeated over and over again.

Key Stages in the Organizational Development Cycle

Stage 1
Elaborate business requirements and development strategy

Analysis of the business requirements, ideas for their improvement, and strategy formalization

Stage 2
Design business architecture

Development and implementation of changes to the business architecture

Stage 3
Implement changes

Implementation of changes to the company’s cycle

Stage 4
Monitor company performance

Ongoing control of the effectiveness of the company’s operations

Successful companies have long used project planning to ensure organizational development. When they feel the need to make improvements, they start by working through any potential changes in a model of their business architecture rather than attempting to experiment with day‑to‑day activities. Stakeholders participating in the planning work together on a detailed model of their business process, seeing the exact same picture. This allows development projects to be brought to a successful conclusion quickly and effectively.

Business studio features

The main features of Business Studio can best be demonstrated using a diagram of the organizational development cycle of a company.

Support the Organizational Development Cycle with Business Studio

Key users

  • Business architects
  • Managers
  • Business analysts
  • Quality managers
  • IT professionals
  • and all company employees

Business Studio is used by small companies with as little as 30 employees, by major corporate entities, and by government agencies alike.