The History Behind OBASHI
In the beginning
The OBASHI framework was invented by Fergus Cloughley and Paul Wallis in 2001, following their collaboration on a project to help plant managers visualise and understand how and why IT assets supported business services within the British Petroleum petro-chemical Refinery in Grangemouth, Scotland.
Computer models are used within manufacturing and process industries to control and simulate the operation of the plant. These models derive real-time input from digital sensors, attached to physical equipment throughout the manufacturing process and are built to understand the contextual relationship between the assets and process flow.
By linking the model to the commodities markets the real costs/values of flow can be displayed, monitored and trended as dollars per second. This enables business processes to be designed, optimised and monitored around value; ensuring each asset’s contribution to the cost/value of the flow be evaluated, in financial terms.
Fergus and Paul recognized that by developing a methodology around the OBASHI framework, the existing methods for costing and valuing the flow of data in the process control industry could be made universally applicable to flows of data in all sectors.
And so the OBASHI methodology was born: to help business professionals easily understand the dollar per second value of dataflow that supports their business services (processes), in a simple and meaningful way. OBASHI is the basis on which they can make better informed and more accurate strategic, operational, tactical and technical decisions.
The contextual understanding of the relationships between physical assets and flows is used within OBASHI to model the flow of data between people, business processes and technology.
Within the OBASHI methodology, people, business processes and IT assets are regarded as either providers of data, consumers of data, or the conduit through which data can flow.
Across every industry and almost every business, people provide and consume data daily, as do applications and systems. Hardware and cables act as conduits through which data flows: between desks, through office and corporate networks, across the internet, through deep sea cables and via satellites. The equivalents of the pipes, valves, pumps, meters and sensors of the oil and gas industry are the people, hubs, cables, routers, servers, and desktops through which data flows.
By utilising comparable contextual relationships OBASHI enables any type of data-flow to be analysed in any business, in any industry, anywhere.