Provide a means for completely inconsistently modeling the functions (activities, actions, processes, operations) required by a system or organization, and the functional relationships and data (information or objects) that support the integration of those functions.


Provide a modeling technique that is generic for analysis of systems are very processes, scope and complexity; rigorous imprecise for production of correct, usable models; concise to facilitate understanding, communication, consensus and validation; conceptual for representation of function requirements rather than physical or organizational implementations and flexible to support several phases of the lifecycle of a project.


Process description capturing method (PDCM) is a method designed for both analysis and communication in establishment of requirements. PDCM is generally used to 1) identify what information is currently managed in the organization, 2) determine which of the problems identified during the needs analysis are caused by lack of management of appropriate information, and 30 specify what information will be managed in the to be implementation.

PDCM captures the information that exists between objects within the scope of the organization. The PDCM perspective of an information system includes the automated system components and non-automated objectives such as people, filing cabinets, telephones, etc. PDCM was designed as a method for organizations to analyze and clearly state their information resource management needs and requirements rather than a database design method. PDCM is an analysis method used to identify the following:

    • information collected, stored, and managed by the organization
    • rules governing the management of information
    • logical relationships within the enterprise reflected in the information
    • problems resulting from the lack of adequate information management


The results of information analysis can be used by strategic and tactical planners to leverage their information assets to achieve a competitive advantage. Their plans may include the design and implementation of automated systems that can more efficiently take advantage of the organization’s information. PDCM  models provide the basis for those design decisions, furnishing managers with the insight and knowledge required to establish good information management policies.


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