The VPEC-T framework for descrbing business information systems was developed by Nigel Green and Carl Bate between 2005-2007.
"VPEC-T analysis is a thinking framework comprising a collection of mental filters or guides. It provides a "simplified ‘language’ for preventing loss in translation from business needs to IT solutions"and is used when analyzing the expectations of multiple parties having different views of a system in which they all have an interest in common, but have different priorities and different responsibilities. System, here is used in the broad sense of a set of interacting or interdependent entities, real or abstract, forming an integrated whole. It is applied to 'systems' that range from those as small as a performance appraisal, to ones as large as a criminal justice system".
"VPEC-T can be used as a first response guide to handling requests for new information systems or changes to existing ones. Its very significant benefit is that it gets information systems people away from discussions about the technology, and focuses them on the information and everything that surrounds it except the technology. I have too often seen and experienced technology concerns pushing the business needs to one side. The technology comes after VPEC-T.
VPEC-T stands for Values, Policies, Events, Content and Trust. Green and Bate propose this as a framework for thinking about activities involving the exploitation of information in companies:
Value represents what the company, the users, everyone involved (and that turns out to be important as we'll see later) is looking to gain from an information system.
Policies are controls that limit how the information is handled. The policies may have internal or external origins.
Events are things that happen in a business that trigger a chain of actions that lead to the business serving its customers, collecting its income, managing its staff and generally meeting its obligations.
Content comprises information in any form of message that flows around the business and, where appropriate, outside it.
Trust is something that can can be an issue almost anywhere, and is proposed by Green and Bate to be considered throughout the investigation and design of an information system".