vico open modeling

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vico open modeling

We are an engineering firm specializing in:

  • Methodology and Quality in software development projects
  • Specification of functional requirements and architecture models
  • Process reengineering and knowledge maps
  • Modeling systems with formal UML notation
  • Interoperability and biomedical terminology in health systems based on HL7 & SNOMED CT

We are a company in business since 1990, with a small and flexible structure that acts as a virtual organization with a network of external experts in various domains. This approach allows us to tackle projects in cooperation and partnership. Our intention is to keep this vocation and independence, and help our clients solve their problems that very often concerns the design of software architecture, engineering processes and in the approach to methodology and quality of information standards.

We develop information models to analyze the value chain of the services, in healthcare industry, logistics, commercial and / or administrative, to audit the component architecture of efficient devices, to find out the Actors and their information needs to carry out a process, to formalize and share expert knowledge in a domain.

We speak about "knowledge" as the outcome of the interaction between mind and world. The thin line between these two elements is what we call "reality." The problem arises when we speak not of "one mind" but many have to share and reconcile all possible interpretations of "reality."

The most critical condition of our knowledge is the language and its constraints. We have appropriate language to communicate and interact with others. It's the "Natural Language". Behind this NL, we have another kind of language that allows us to create concepts and categories of concepts. It is the "Language of Thought."

Both are two sides of the same coin. Using a computer metaphor, "Natural Language" would be a "Programming Language" and the "Language of Thought" would be the "compiler" that enables us to use the system.

vico open modeling build models with the aim to facilitate bridges between the "Language of Thought" and "Natural Language". When we are developing a model, the result reflects the scope of our knowledge about a domain and it define the constraints with regard to our comprehension.

Stakeholders of the domain are identified along with other relevant entities. We remark those processes that add value to a stakholder and their level of involvement when it participates in the process. Create a model is to establish the vision of a reality bounded to share and evaluate their usability.

Looking at a model of a building, through the rendering on a small scale, we can catch the vision of the architect. When interpreting a domain model, we do something similar. We make more intelligible the complexity that surrounds us and we bring out all the hidden constraints.