Business Knowledge Blueprints Reviews

Enabling Your Data to Speak the Language of the Business

By Ronald G. Ross

The authoritative book on concept models and business vocabulary, written by one of the world’s foremost experts on both structured and unstructured data.

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“Stunning quality of both the message and the writing. Easy-to-understand, practical guide for people new to documenting true-to-SBVR business concepts and their vocabularies.

‘Business Knowledge Blueprints’ provides a clear understanding of business concepts, which are the specific meaning intended by business authors for each term they use in its given context in the documents they write. This book is full of easy-to-apply practical tips for documenting those concepts and their associated vocabularies well, for unambiguous sharing among authors and readers.

Whether you are an executive, regulator, policymaker, lawyer, risk manager, compliance manager, business knowledge manager, training manager or business communications manager, this book shows how to deliver on one of your key critical success factors – the clarity of meaning of the text you are responsible for being written and of the data you are responsible for being recoded.

This book will help you to maximize the effectiveness of the areas of your responsibility by reducing the costs of wasted activity, risk events, and lost opportunities caused by misinterpretation.”

~ Donald Chapin

“Let me congratulate you on an excellent book, that should help others design better models.”

~ Terry Halpin

“A solid guide. Concept models are essential for creating the building blocks of the Knowledge Age. Welcome to the future!

In my company I often explained to the powers that be they could sanely start working on the future, or five, ten, fifteen years from now, be painfully dragged along kicking and screaming. This book guides you along the sane path today.”

~ Robert Dizinno

“an extremely valuable book for practitioners of business analysis. Excellent presentation of such a complex subject matter as concept modeling by a towering thought leader. I only wish I had had the chance to read such a book at a much earlier stage of my career.”

~ David Lyalin

“Excellent subject, well written, very timely book. … a strong contribution to a missing dimension for business architects.

Ron Ross is one of the most precise, insightful and analytical business modelers in our industry. This book is a true gift of knowledge.

Concept models encapsulate the necessary methods and guidance to write and speak clearly without ambiguity to improve business communication. This book reveals how to develop clearly written and spoken concepts to share innovative and precise ideas. A business knowledge blueprint enables business agility, acceleration and clarity, a necessary foundation for developing sound business models and roadmaps.

When you practice techniques shared in this book, you’ll avoid the costly mistake that AI will work without a clearly written common business vocabulary. This book offers a common sense, clear and very effective approach to understanding your business concepts and vocabulary, and empower machines with what they need to know.

If you’re a business leader, business modeler, business analyst, or student seeking to learn how to rigorously remove ambiguity and to avoid any related miscommunication between people and machines, study this book!”

~ Ramsay Millar

“You need precision and consistency in every business communication. The more you focus on it, the more you will see the value of the techniques presented in this book.

What’s the most important message of this book? Business vocabulary matters. Once you have a good understanding of your business vocabulary, you’ll find your requirements will improve, you’ll find ways of parsing out data to integrate things, and you’ll find your business communication improve dramatically.”

~ Gladys S.W. Lam

“Well done! This is the book I’ve been wanting for years. Now people can truly apply SBVR for real-world problems.”

~ Keri Anderson Healy

“Part V on how to create business definitions is the best. The examples are great.

The book shows how we can get definitions so horribly wrong and the consequences of that. It also clearly reveals this is a profession whose expertise requires discipline and skill. The outputs are easy to consume, but the curation actually takes a quite a bit of effort. The value, however, is well in excess of the investment.”

~ Nick Vaughan

“[Concept models are] a great way for stakeholders to understand the impact of the change they’re considering.”

~ Michelle Murray

“Our ability to understand each other is only as good as the definition we share on each word.”

~ Mark Meyers

“The ideas in this book are a big part of the answer to ‘the black box’ and transparency around automation. And they are central to capturing human knowledge – hard-won knowledge that makes a difference. In service. In competitiveness. In survival.”

~ John Morris

“Anyone working closely with data, especially business and data analysts and architects, would benefit from the thought leadership and practical tips included in this book!”

~ Dora Boussias

“a great contribution to unify business communication”
~ Fabricio Laguna

“Very good … has already helped a project that I’m on. Those of you in business analysis and/or data should read this book.”
~ Gary Rush

“Really like the book. Very useful and understandable.”
~ Jan Mark Pleijsant

“Just finished reading this wonderful book. I can’t recommend it highly enough – and not just to fellow business architects/analysts. Everyone in business should buy it, and buy into it. After a quick cup of tea, I’m going to read it again.”
~ James Shields

“I have realized that my point of view is still closer to technical-oriented by reading your book. Thank you for writing a insightful book!”
~ Kwangchul Shin, Ph.D

“Have you ever heard two colleagues disagreeing over the meaning and validity of a concept which you thought was perfectly obviously and correct, then discovered that your understanding of the concept was different to both of theirs? The world would be a better place if everyone just accepted my definitions of all the important concepts, but even that only works if I can properly define them. As a species that prides itself on advanced communications skills, we spend way too much time dealing with the unintended, but predictable, consequences of ambiguous language. In the organizational context this has a significant cost. In this book Ron Ross pulls apart business communications, shows how easily it can be a mess, shows how that mess may not be detected until something goes horribly wrong, then explains why the problems happen, and how they can be avoided. For every organization, a well-developed and maintained concept model would be a significant corporate asset used in common by many, if not all, business units. We all need one. Step 1 – read this book. “
~ Roger Tregear

“A great book for those of us wearing a zillion hats on how to get more done in less time with risk mitigation built in”
~ Tina Underhill

“I love your concept models! Incredibly powerful.”
~ Peter O’Donoghue

“Anyone even only thinking about deploying business models that rely heavily on data should take note.”
~ Thomas Olbrich