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Better Together: Information Architecture and Information Management

by Mike Walker  |  November 3, 2014  |  Submit a Comment

In business today, we can’t afford not to understand our own information. From the monetization of it through the information driven economy, new and powerful insight that are gleaned through Big Data to the ability to advance an organizations own capabilities through an effective information architecture. It’s no wonder why advanced analytics is a top business priority, fueled by the need to make advanced analysis accessible to more users and broaden the insight into the business.

In this post I will focus on how information architects looks at this better together scenario. This post will complement and extend the ideas presented in the research I wrote, Why Information Management Needs to Collaborate With Information Architecture.
Information Architecture (EIA) is an aspect of enterprise architecture that enables an information strategy or business solution through the definition of the company’s business information assets, their sources, structure, classification and associations that will prescribe the required application architecture and technical capabilities. EIA is all about defining and designing the information strategy that will be executed upon.

But it’s not just about EIA, Information Management (EIM) is a key enabler in an organizations information driven journey. To understand the synergies better think of EIA and EIM each playing a unique but synergistic role together on the continuum of Strategy to Execution.

Mike Walker Blog: Information Architecture on the Strategy to Execution

As shown above EIA and EIM are synergistic in nature. They both are on a strategy to execution continuum that builds one another, re-use key activities and deliverables. Fostering collaboration will maximize information management results in real synergy on the enterprise information strategy to execution continuum ensuring each discipline fulfills its required part of the overall continuum to deliver business outcomes.

EIA and EIM together can create a framework for delivering true information advantage.

For more on this topic, read the created research from the Gartner Information Management Team and from myself in the Enterprise Architecture team. A true example of better together!

See: Why Information Management Needs to Collaborate With Information Architecture

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Mike Walker
Research Director
1 year at Gartner
18 years IT Industry

Mike J. Walker leads, develops and establishes compelling enterprise architecture research that helps organizations understand how to improve or deploy an enterprise architecture program that will improve business outcomes, realize strategies and improve the quality of business and technology decisions. Read Full Bio

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