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?
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.
Dig Deeper on Data stewardship
Related Q&A from Michael Jennings
Learn about four common mistakes that companies make when creating an enterprise information management strategy and starting an EIM program. Continue Reading
Learn how enterprise information management (EIM) differs from enterprise content management (ECM) and unstructured data management as a data ... Continue Reading
Here you’ll find 12 expert tips on developing an enterprise information management strategy and roadmap for your company. Use the EIM strategy ... Continue Reading