There are quite a few packages in this model. How many business models do you have for HISinOne?
We currently have about 200 business models and about 900 system use cases in our model. And there are continually more!
Wow, and you also integrate your testing for the features with Astah models?
Yes, it also is the basic structure for our quality test system. Through this we can assure each software-function is tested. It also provides the test framework for process chains. Most tests cases can be automated and are also the reference for integration tests. Within the Astah reference model, the test cases are transparent to the customers. So they can replicate our test cases.
I see. What are the merits of using Astah in your business? How is it helping you?
The potential benefits for us and our customers are: transparency of processes on both sides, reducing complexity by thinking in layers, a simplified communication in the projects and across projects, thus an increased comparability of results can be achieved.
Great. Now I'm curious as to how you found Astah in the first place? Were there other tools that you compared to Astah? If so what precisely led you to choose Astah?
We had four main reasons;
First off there was the free community version. Easy access for all participants, in particular the higher education staff, was another big draw. Also Astah has very fair pricing with affordable licensing, and the possibility of a faculty license. Lastly the Reference Model function is really very easy to use.
Excellent! Our technical support team has mentioned that they communicate with your team often about the API. Do you write your own Plug-ins?
Yes, we have a lot of special plug-ins, which support us in our daily work with the reference model. For example, we can easily check the compliance to our modeling guidelines, missing links or inconsistencies in modeling and logic. Also gaps between the reference model and the functional range of HISinOne can be detected. Additionally, the mapping to the test cases can be done automatically. Due to the fast and professional technical support of Astah we are very well supported in the development of our custom plugins.
Our team really seems to enjoy working with you. Is there any additional functionality you can suggest for Astah?
There are still some areas, where we would like a further development of Astah. For example an extension of Astah Share to aid with teamwork would be great.
We often work together with different colleagues and customers, who read, comment or develop our business use cases. Therefore, we have a need for collaboratively working with: companywide reading access and commenting, process design, process documentation, and approval workflows.
Thanks for the feedback. Those are some important concepts and ones that we can definitely try to help you with.
One last question, you have a definite drive to set a standard process models in the higher educational institutions, where does your passion come from and how does it define HIS's goals?