A Systems-Oriented Approach

The idea of systems is fundamental to all the thinking here about enterprisology.  Elsewhere I discuss the pure idea of system as the most fundamental concept in my personal ontology.  This viewpoint penetrates all the thinking about enterprises -- it is accepted as a truism that enterprises are systems, and that it is therefore appropriate to use systems thinking and paradigms in any attempt to understand and analyze them.

While there are many interesting and useful views of the enterprise, it is important to always keep a systems oriented viewpoint in mind at all times.  For instance, while taking a data modeling approach it is important to remember where the data come from and where they may be used in the accomplishment of enterprise initiatives.