glossary

Agile

This is how quick and nimble an organization is in making adjustments if changes occur. PNA’s basic principle in this is that the first thing to do is not to convene a meeting with all those involved to discuss how to handle the situation, but to identify all existing knowledge and the new desired situation so that an impact analysis can be carried out quickly and automatically.

BPMN 2.0

Business Process Model and Notation (BPMN) is a standard for business process modeling that provides a graphical notation for specifying business processes in a Business Process Diagram (BPD). The objective is to make a process clearer and more understandable for both technical and non-technical users.

cogNIAM®

This stands for Cognition enhanced Natural language Information Analysis Method. This protocol is the best way of making the context of knowledge clear within and between organizations with the objective of preventing wastage of time, and therefore money.

cogNIAM® finance

Of course cogNIAM® Finance BV is based on the cogNIAM® method, but then focusing on directly purchasable propositions for the financial sector. This helps organizations to make knowledge explicit, to structure it and, most of all, to employ it as a linking element. It makes companies more agile and effective, and leads to cost-savings. In short, it is intended to bring structure to the financial world. CogNIAM® Finance BV is a joint venture between PNA and ABN AMRO.

Cognitation

Cognitation is a tool that supports the unambiguous assessment of a large amount of documents that describe a whole. PNA developed this tool to simplify and automate the implementation of laws and regulations. Cognitation not only offers the ability to capture knowledge and make it accessible within an organization; changes to the documentation also immediately create a (visual) overview of the consequences.

Compliance

This is showing that you satisfy certain requirements. A requirement of doing this is to show clearly what is being done: where information is stored in which processes. This is about the link and traceability between the requirement set (in regulations and legislation, for example) and the way in which everything is implemented in the organization.

Cost-of-Change

Cost of change is incurred when on-going developments have a wide impact on various business units and where manual adjustments must be made in multiple systems on the basis of multiple, multi-interpretable definitions. By working on the basis of a single method, cost of change can be managed many times more effectively. After all, if knowledge and information are changed from one central point – the Single Point of Truth – this has an automatic knock-on effect on all fronts.

IFML

The standard Interaction Flow Modelling Language (IFML) is designed for expressing the content, user interaction and control behavior of the front-end of software applications.

Knowledge management

The management of knowledge in an organization by identifying it, structuring it and storing it so that the knowledge is accessible and clear for everyone and can be used as a basis for calculation.

KBW

Knowledge-based working is based on knowledge science and cogNIAM® , and is an addition to the generic subjects of reading, writing and arithmetic. Knowledge-based Working focuses on putting meaning (semantics and knowledge) first and not technology and systems.

OMG

Founded in 1989, the Object Management Group is a consortium whose work includes the development and acceptation of world standards in the IT knowledge sector. Nowadays the focus is on designing models and standards for programs, systems and business processes.

SBVR

The Semantics of Business Vocabulary and Business Rules is an open world standard devised by the OMG that offers a uniform way of providing a declarative description of formal regulations and legislation in detailed natural language in organizations, for example. SBVR is used to devise semantic models of business rules and language so that they are understandable for both employees and IT systems.

Semantics

Semantics is a branch of science that focuses on the meaning of written and spoken natural language, and thus of words. In the cogNIAM® approach, we consider it important that all parties involved – both senders and recipients of information and knowledge – ascribe the same meaning to something.

SPOT

Single Point of Truth is one central point where knowledge comes together and is current irrespective of the domain, department, type of knowledge, or content. This point provides an overview and information becomes shareable, usable and modifiable at all times. This is indispensable in an organization.

Time-to-Market

This is the time needed to design a product or develop a service before it is ready to launch. A short TTM is particularly essential in industries in which products and services have a limited life-cycle.