Types of Business Objects to model an Information Architecture during Information System Planning



There is no standard definition to business object, however we consider OMGs (Object Management Group) as the closest to the business language. Although it mentions that the business object can be represented in a programming language (implementation perspective), it understands the object as an active thing in the business domain, defining its characteristics in a natural or modelling language. This definition does not establish links between an active thing in the business domain and the software object, and doesn't suggest how to derive the business object from the business.
This paper presents, in a representation perspective (Wand 1997), the types of business objects we can use to build a conceptual model of an information architecture during the organization information system planning, pointing out in each specification the way they relate within the business. The use of these objects is illustrated with a specific example drawn from the shipbuilding industry.


Information system planning, information architecture, business object, types of business objects.


10 th International Conference of the Information Resources Management Association, May 1999

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