Kalido Offers Free Business Modeling Software

New online community, educational resources help enterprises understand and adopt business modeling practices

Kalido has announced that the design component of its Kalido Business Information Modeler can be freely downloaded. Business modeling can reduce implementation times for, and improve the success of, business intelligence (BI) programs.

In an effort to further business modeling best practices, Kalido has created an online community (http://groups.google.com/group/bmcf) that advances business model sharing and collaboration. Other resources (white papers, podcasts, and Webinars explain business modeling and how to use the new tool

A business model is a conceptual layout of a business. It defines the core business entities (for example, customers, products, time periods and measures) and how they interrelate. The model includes the business rules binding the elements together.

Kalido explains that business modeling “represents a significant advance over traditional data modeling approaches. Unlike data modeling, business models can be easily understood by both business and IT leaders, providing a common ground on which to collaborate.”

Business models also assume that concepts do change, and a single business model can be a unifying force among data models needed to design staging areas, data warehouses, and data marts.

Features and benefits of the Kalido Business Information Modeler include:

  • A graphical modeling environment transforms the design, development, deployment, and maintenance of BI infrastructures

  • Improves collaboration between business users and IT; teams can design and build a business model much more quickly and intuitively than with traditional conceptual modeling, requirements-gathering, and data modeling techniques

  • Faster development: the modeler and its underlying warehouse allow you to move quickly through concept to production

The forum, which is open to all, provides virtual collaboration across entities because members can upload, edit, download, and collaborate on business models, discuss best practices and techniques, and assist each other with answers to business-modeling questions. At its launch, the online community has been populated with common models, including many that detail profitability, time, contracts, geography, and other dimensions and types.

The software is available at http://www.kalido.com/bmcf. More information about the company and its products can be found at http://www.kalido.com.

About the Author

James E. Powell is the former editorial director of Enterprise Strategies (esj.com).