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Xemod is a software application for business process modeling, organization modeling or enterprise modeling (a plethora of applicable terms are circulating). It takes as starting point a methodology in the field of enterprise engineering, DEMO, which stands for Design & Engineering Methodology for Organizations.

Xemod is produced by the Dutch company Mprise. It is more or less a continuation of the Essential Business Modeler (EBM), a tool that was developed by Bart Jan Hommes and taken over by Mprise in the summer of 2008.


Xemod is fully compliant with DEMO

Supporting a methodology

An important aspect in applying a methodology is the 'Way of supporting'. This is the way how applying the methodology is supported by means of tools.[1] An example of such a tool is a modeling tool, which supports people in drawing up a model of an enterprise. It is obvious that such a tool should seamless fit with the 'Way of modeling' and the 'Way of thinking' of the supported methodology.[1]

Xemod supports DEMO 'Way of Modeling'

Xemod is a tool that supports applying the DEMO Methodology: it supports people in drawing up a model of an enterprise conform DEMO. It seamlessly integrates with the 'Way of modeling' of DEMO. An organizational model can namely be developed conform the specifications of DEMO, by which among others diagrams can be drawn like they are prescribed by DEMO.

Xemod supports DEMO 'Way of Thinking'

Xemod also seamlessly integrates with the 'Way of Thinking' of DEMO. This means that concepts that are used in Xemod are implemented according to the theories on which the DEMO Methodology is based, of which the most important one is the Ψ-theory. Sticking to a theory is very important to take full advantage of that theory. It is very dangerous to apply a theory partially and to bring in own ideas that are contradictory to the theory. Mprise recognizes this danger and keeps Xemod aligned with DEMO.

An example of supporting the way of thinking is that Xemod separates model and representation, following 'The Notion of Model' as is advocated by Jan L.G. Dietz, the founding father of DEMO. In short, the notion states that a separation must be made between a concrete system (e.g. an organization), the conceptual model of it (e.g. a process model) and the representation of that model by means of symbols (e.g. a diagram that shows a process).[2]

Knowledge about DEMO at developing Xemod

Adoption of DEMO by Mprise

To cope with complexity in the alignment between business and IT, Mprise believes that it is of utmost importance to have a sound view on what an organization is and how the integration between organization and IT should be established. Clear insight in the essence of organizations is necessary. A new field of science is emerging that will help to reach this goal: enterprise engineering. In this field, Mprise believes that the DEMO Methodology is the best methodology to describe the essence or ontology of an enterprise because of its sound underlying theories and its starting point that organizations should be designed as social systems.

At Mprise there is a lot of knowledge of DEMO and much experience about applying it. This forms a sound basis to produce a modeling tool in which expert knowledge is assimilated.

Certified DEMO Professionals

Several employees of Mprise are Certified DEMO Professionals[3] The main designer of Xemod, Jacob Vos, is familiar with DEMO since 2004, applied DEMO in several projects and knows about in-and-outs of the methodology and underlying theories.

Certified DEMO Masters

Joop de Jong, general manager of Mprise and closely involved in the development of Xemod, is a Certified DEMO Master.[4] He has been a lector at the University of Applied Studies in Utrecht and teached DEMO for several years.

Scientific research

Scientific research is done by Joop de Jong. He is doing his doctoral research in the field of DEMO and is counseled by Jan Dietz. For this he is involved in the CIAO! Network, an international network of universities, research institutes and companies. Several papers are published by him, mainly focusing on the coupling of business organization and information organization.

Collaboration with Sapio

In designing the metamodel of Xemod, Mprise works in closed collaboration with Jan Dietz, owner of Sapio. Mutual influencing happens at this way of bringing together scientific knowledge and experience from the business community.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Mulder, J.B.F. (2006). Rapid Enterprise Design, p. 33-34.
  2. Dietz, Jan L.G. (2006). Enterprise Ontology. Theory and Methodology, p. 63-70.
  3. See website of DEMO Knowledge Centre: www.demo.nl.
  4. See website of DEMO Knowledge Centre: www.demo.nl.

See also

Xemod (commercial information)

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