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Key components of enterprise information management programs

I was reading one of your previous responses where you said that companies don’t need to implement every component of enterprise information management to get the benefits of an EIM program. If that’s the case, what are the most important components of EIM? Or, where should we start with EIM?

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Data governance and stewardship, information architecture (i.e., an enterprise data model) and metadata management are needed for every EIM program as foundational components.

Data governance and stewardship establishes the policies, procedures, standards, organizational structure, roles and responsibilities, and change management processes for managing information. Metadata management provides context to the information in an enterprise to help business units, IT and the data governance team make informed data management decisions.  Information architecture, specifically an enterprise data model, provides a framework for business and IT alignment so everyone clearly understands the information being managed as part of the EIM program. The enterprise data model can be developed at a high level, describing subject areas, relationships, business names and business definitions and providing examples.

These three EIM components provide the foundation for an organization to pursue the other EIM components (data warehousing/business intelligence, master data management, unstructured data management, etc.) based on business needs, priorities and its overall strategy for information management.

This was first published in September 2010

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