Thursday, November 30, 2006

Enterprise Information Architecture: A Semantic and Organizational Foundation

The changing role of Information Architecture ...

"In “Succeeding at IA in the Enterprise,” James Robertson calls for Enterprise Information Architects to pay attention to the realm of business strategy, and Bob Goodman in “Change Architecture: Bringing IA to the Business Domain” offers the notion of EIAs as change agents or change architects.

Yes, EIAs can be a force for change, but so can anyone. The real question is: should the discipline of Enterprise Information Architecture be defined to include organizational change as one of its essential features. I don’t think it should be.

Whatever it is that information architects learn to become enterprise information architects (EIA), I think it is essential that we not lose our focus. The heart of IA is information and knowledge, and we need to build on that foundation, not try to turn into something else when we add the term “enterprise.”

It is the same for business strategy. Yes, EIAs should better understand their organization’s business strategy and integrate the strategic vision. And, yes, EIAs can contribute to the development of business strategy, but not directly. We should not try to tell business analysts how to do their job. What we can do is provide input into the development of business strategy based on our understanding of and access to information and how those issues are essential to any business strategy.

Integrating business strategy into EIA is only a part of what it means to move from IA to EIA, and I’d like to take a look at the essential issues that IAs bring to the enterprise and what sorts of things IAs need to add and/or learn to develop an enterprise perspective."    (Continued via Boxes and Arrows)    [Usability Resources]

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