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How Do Practitioners Use Conceptual Modelling in Practice?

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Executive Summary

Much research has been devoted over the years to investigating and advancing the techniques and tools used by analysts when they model. As opposed to what academics, software providers and their resellers promote as should be happening, the aim of this paper was to determine whether practitioners still embraced conceptual modeling seriously. In addition, what are the most popular techniques and tools used for conceptual modeling? What are the major purposes for which conceptual modeling are used? The study found that the top six most frequently used modeling techniques and methods were ER diagramming, data flow diagramming, systems flowcharting, workflow modeling, RAD, and UML. Smaller organizations and more experienced modellers appear to employ greater use of the well-established structured techniques.

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