Understanding the components of information management architecture
Information architecture is the backbone of any information management systems upon which the system is built. It is important to understand the different components that make up the information architecture and how they are inter-related in the business.
The information architecture can be considered as three architectures the together form the overall information system architecture. The data architecture, the systems architecture and the technology architecture are the three components that make up the information architecture. These three architectures can be dealt with separately.
The data architecture is concerned with the data needed to support the business and how they are inter-related. The systems architecture is concerned with the applications that constitute the business process and the relationships. The technology architecture is about the technology that is used to support the applications (systems) and manage the business data.
All these three architectures also reflect the direction in which the company is heading towards. They also address the current situation and the principles. The changes that are anticipated and the implications of the changes on the business are also addressed by these three architectures. They follow standards and norms.
The planning efforts made by the information systems department depend on these three architectures that are implemented in the organization. The short term, mid term and the long term information systems management planning and strategy depends on the three architectures. The tasks are prioritized so that the data and systems that affect the business needs immediately are given due attention rather than an isolated process that is not going to affect the business. Base on this priority the corresponding architecture is also addressed.
The benefits of developing information architecture are many. With the strategic use of technology it is possible to make an knowledgeable decision which is the key for any business. The understanding of the business is improved a lot and the business data can be understood easily. Based on this it is easy to develop the system required for your business since you have a good understanding of your architecture.
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