Business Object Stereotypes
The central theme of an ERP organization is management, and its processes and entities are grouped into units, or communities, designed to achieve specific purpose.
For example, a sales office seeks to maximize sales quantities and prices; the distribution unit to optimize service levels within inventory constraints; the production unit to improve efficiency and quality; and the procurement agent to reduce costs and lead times. The static purpose of such a unit is defined by its policies, which detail the work it can do, the conditions under which it is done, and the courses of action that fulfill, cancel or violate them. Dynamic purpose is defined by its schedule of work to be done, or its objectives. The unit enacts business processes to do the work and thereby achieve its objectives. The core concepts or purpose, process, entity and community (or organization unit) are modeled in certain circumstances by stereotypes having specific icons.