Essential knowledge that enables the enterprise to act in its environment
Introduction to the notion
The business fundamentals refer to knowledge that does not contain any reference to the organization and the means implemented.
Enterprise knowledge: the semantic aspect
Enterprises and organizations are spontaneously seen through their resources and their activities. In the same way, technical systems are, above all, seen as equipment carrying out functions. Praxeme adds a degree of abstraction, inviting us to isolate the fundamental concepts, ignoring organizational and technical circumstances. This is not a natural attitude; it requires effort, distancing oneself from the solutions in place. Through this abstraction effort, the modeler isolates the essentials: the concepts that describe the business, the required objects and their behavior.
When we say that the semantic aspect isolates the knowledge of the business fundamentals, this expression should be understood negatively: the semantic model discards any element that is not essential because it is linked to individual choices, organizational decisions and specific solutions. In this way, semantic modeling aspires to be universal; it is not the least of its contributions. By pushing for abstraction, the model gets rid of the specific elements, locates the essentials and becomes an easily shareable expression. Of course, this abstraction effort turns out to be difficult but extremely productive.
Regarding everything that can be said about the business of the enterprise, the fundamentals are noted for their independence compared with vernacular practices, solutions that are peculiar to the enterprise. The expression used is “regardless of organizational and technical circumstances”.