Articles and Posts Mar 01, 2021 7 mins 2856 Views 0 Comments 0 Likes Part 5 of Dan Tasker’s Requirements in Context series moves on from high-level requirements to detailed requirements, discussing the importance of capturing detailed data-specific business needs in a data dictionary (DD). The article addresses the following questions: What are data-specific business needs? How might these needs be represented in a DD? How does a DD differ from a data or class model? What details should be captured? What is the role of a DD in relation to detailed requirements? The primary objective of business information systems is to support business processes. These systems do this by utilizing five basic functional capability types – user interfaces, data importing and exporting, reports, and automated functions... Function-specific business needs are addressed by one or more of these capability types. Data-specific business needs are addressed by the system being able to manage data involved in those functional capabilities. Data-specific business needs are seen to be about records (entities) and fields (attributes and relationships) maintained within the business information system, irrespective of how they are sourced or used, or whether they are physically stored or derived. A spreadsheet-based DD template is introduced that provides for both records and fields to be documented as rows in a worksheet, with columns representing different characteristics appropriate to different types of entities, attributes and relationships. Lastly, an example of a single detailed requirement statement is presented. It is intended to represent all of the details captured in the DD - rather than using a number of detail-specific requirement statements to represent those details in textual form. Continue reading at ModernAnalyst.com Login or Register to download Related Content Modern Requirements4DevOps Now Available in the Microsoft Azure Marketplace Requirements In Context – The Series The Data Architect Role: All you need to know... Dan Tasker Dan is the author of over 30 requirements-related articles and other resources. His 45+ year career in Information Technology has involved organizations in a variety of industry sectors in the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. His business analysis experience includes projects involving in-house software development, software vendor solution development, and COTS software acquisition and implementation. He continues to be passionate about quality requirements and helping business analysts produce them. He can be contacted at [email protected]. Did you like this article? 0 Upvote business requirements Data Requirements 2021-03-01 Requirements.com All about Requirements 2021-03-07 Dan Tasker The Value of a Business Data Dictionary Contributor Dan Tasker Comments / Discussions Please login or register to post comments.