CH 7 – Conversion Business Process

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Agents
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The people or organizations who participate in business events, such as customers and salespeople.
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Events
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Classes that model the organization’s transactions, usually affecting the organization’s resources, such as sales and cash receipts.
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Finished Goods Inventory
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For a manufacturing company, the inventory (REA resource) that has completed the manufacturing process and is held for sale to customers.
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Gateway
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Shows process branching and merging as the result of decisions. Basic ones are depicted as diamonds. Usually appear as pairs on the diagram. The first shows the branching and the second shows merging of the process branches.
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Intermediate Error Event
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Occurs between start and end events and affects the flow of the process. They represent interruptions to the normal flow of the process and start the exception flow.
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Labor Operations Event
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In the conversion process, an event that represents the recording or labor (and any associated overhead) costs applied to work-in-process.
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Many-To-Many Relationship
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Exists when instances of one class (e.g., sales) are related to many instances of another class (e.g., inventory) and vice versa. These relationships are implemented in Access and relational databases by adding a linking table to convert this relationship into two one-to-many relationships..
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Production Authorization Event
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In a UML class model of the conversion process, an event that records the authorization to produce one or more finished good inventory items.
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Raw Material Issue Event
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In a UML class diagram of the conversion process, an event that records the transfer of raw materials to work-in-process.
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Raw Materials Inventory
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For a manufacturing company, the inventory (REA resource) acquired for use (conversion) in the manufacturing process.
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REA
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Resource-event-agent framework for modeling business processes, originally developed by William McCarthy
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Resources
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Those things that have economic value to a firm, such as cash and products
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Type Image
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Class that represents management information (such as categorizations, policies, and guidelines) to help manage a business process. They often allow process information to be summarized by category.
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Work-In-Process Inventory
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For a manufacturing company, the value of raw materials, direct labor, and manufacturing overhead in production but not yet finished.

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