The Art of Business Terminology
We introduce business terminology, definitions and rules management that is collaborative, intuitive, simple and useful like Wikipedia. Added Governance, domain and responsibility structures allow to control and manage everything. Intelligent automation and semantic technologies allows to extract and generate business terminology from database schema or reporting tools structures...
The Business Glossary is web based collaborative application for enterprise terminology management and data governance. The Business Glossary is built using semantic wiki and open metadata framework MMX technologies. The Business Glossary application is organized like the biggest online and collective encyclopedia Wikipedia with additional semantic functionality (model driven pages, properties and links) and custom views (plugins).
We believe that business terminology, rules and requirements should be managed like one integrated online Enterprise "Wikipedia". Organization structure or business domains can split the terminology to the volumes (glossaries or ontologies) to add structure and ownership (Figure 1).
Figure 1. Enterprise terminology organized like volumes (Domains and Glossaries) to add structure and ownership.
One of the main entry point to the business terminology is the google-like search. The search function has search-as-you-type style suggestions over all concept names. The full text search is performed over the indexed terms, definitions and article texts. Search results are ordered by customized full-text index ranking and displayed with hierarchy and short descriptions (Figure 2).
Figure 2. Enterprise terminology search.
The Glossary is collection that implements main ownership role of domain terminology. The Concept can belong exactly to one primary glossary, but can be also included (reused) to other Glossaries to share and define domain terminology. For example: general “Agreement” concept is defined in Agreement Glossary, but can be reused in other domain glossaries to implement business area terminology.
Figure 3. The Business Glossary view
The Business Glossary has set of Business Concepts that can be a class, attribute, value (class instance) or a business rule. The concept is defined by the term and the definition in one or in multiple languages (default is English). Each business concept has the article text, formal properties and predefined relations with other concepts. The concept page is displayed and edited like wiki page with built in rich-text editor, model-driven semantic linking and dynamic custom fields and properties.
Figure 4. The Business Concept view
The Business Glossary application has three different predefined user contexts for the content delivery and creation:
Each defined Person can belong to many User Groups and each Person can have multiple Domain or Glossary roles. Governance role system is implemented in the way that each Domain and Glossary can have four governance roles. If the Glossary has its own roles, then those are always displayed. If the Glossary belongs to Domain and does not have defined governance roles, then Domain roles are shown in the governance panel. The following predefined Domain and/or Glossary governance roles and responsibilities are implemented for business and IT assets governance:
The Business terminology definitions and glossary structure quality measured with following metrics:
Business Glossary technical highlights: