What is the IDEF-0 modeling technique and how can it be used to document EA components at the Business Level of the EA3 framework?

Categories: Components, Framework

The Integration Definition for Function, or IDEF technique. Developed in the mid-1970’s for modeling complex military projects, IDEF-0 uses Inputs, Outputs, Controls and Mechanisms (ICOM) to show the parts of an activity within an enterprise. IDEF-0 activity modeling is suitable for business process documentation in that it provides both high level context views, and more detailed views of each step in the activity in a format that can be further decomposed and interrelated with other processes to show linkages. IDEF-0 modeling is useful in showing linkages between steps in a process as well as internal external influences, but does not indicate a particular time sequence for the overall set of activities.

Tags: Components, Framework