Enterprise System Topology

Representation framework Praxeme proposes to comprehend the reality of the enterprise

Introduction to the notion

Source: General Guide, § 2.3

The representation framework that Praxeme proposes to structure the “Product” dimension is called the “Enterprise System Topology” (EST).

  • Topology (etymology: the “discourse of place”, from the Greek “topos”, the place, and “logos”): the term has been chosen to evoke the answer to the question “where should the information and decisions go?”); in addition, the method is concerned with the neighborhood relations between elements, which refer to the meaning that this term has taken on in mathematics.
  • Enterprise System Topology: framework that applies to the enterprise and approaches it through its aspects.

The EST identifies seven aspects through which everything there is to be said about the enterprise is organized.

Intentional aspect: the enterprise ethics and its ultimate goals (values, strategy, culture…). Examples of actions: elucidate the values, articulate the vision, establish a common language, analyze performance

Semantic aspect: knowledge and the business fundamentals (the environment, the enterprise offer…). Examples of actions: capture and formalize the business knowledge (through business objects)…

Pragmatic aspect: the enterprise activities and its organization (roles, processes, management and control styles, governance…). Examples of actions: design the organization, model the business process, simply the processes…

Geographic aspect: the location of the enterprise activities (enterprise geography, virtualization, teleworking, mobile equipment…). Example of actions: Evaluate deployment scenarios (24/7).

Logical aspect: an intermediary aspect between business and technology, introduced in the transformation chain to facilitate the design of technical systems (equipment). Examples of actions: design the optimal information system, develop the transformation trajectory for the technical systems…

Logistic aspect: the set of technical resources that serves the business activity. Example of actions: implement the technical system (software, hardware, logistics).

Physical aspect: the Enterprise System fully deployed (with all its resources located). Examples of actions: prepare the deployment, size the target, accompany the change, analyze the feedback…


The EST lists and organizes the aspects of the enterprise. It is the “discourse of place”: it answers the question “where shall we put the information and decisions?” and the neighborhood relations between the elements.

Related terms: representation framework, framework, aspectFramework, Topology schema.

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