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Smart Data: Enterprise Performance Optimization Strategy by James A. Rodger, James A. George

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2.2 POLICY AND BUSINESS RULES

All controls and constraints on enterprise process performance are expressed in the form of policies and business rules that may be externally and internally imposed. To account for this under our paradigm, we construct the enterprise leadership and integration architecture (ELIA) that in IT terms is called the control architecture.

ELIA is a model containing all of management processes and associated inputs, outputs, controls, and mechanisms that executives employ to manage the enterprise. ELIA flows down to each successive layer in the organization as a scaled replica focused on the missions of the respective organization to which it applies. This is the channel that provides continuity in management approach and accountability. It is the source from which resources are allocated to organizations and individuals to enable mechanisms to perform the work prescribed by processes.

Business rules establish conditions that guide and otherwise constrain performance as intended. Business rules may be embedded as methodologies and algorithms. To a large extent, rule implementation and enforcement can be automated, although some measure is left to intellectual intervention and interpretation.

A policy is a deliberate plan of action to guide decisions and achieve rational outcome(s). The term may apply to government, private sector organizations and groups, and individuals. A policy can also be a formal statement of principles that govern actions. Business ...

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