enterprise INFORMATION Architecture

Byrne, Tony
May 2004
EContent;May2004, Vol. 27 Issue 5, p22
Trade Publication
This article addresses the need for Enterprise Information Architecture (EIA). Information Architecture (IA) is commonly understood to be the art and science of structuring, organizing, and labeling information so that content owners can better manage it and users can find what they are looking for more effectively. An enterprise-wide information architecture should define a model for working with disparate business units in a manner that presents employees and customers alike with a unified way of accessing information across the whole company. The problem is that, in an enterprise setting, IA evaluation methods, designs, and governance models become much more complex, but there are no textbooks for practicing IA in large, decentralized environments made up of content silos. Every enterprise information system possesses some notion of information or data architecture. By investing in EIA, companies can increase the return on investment on all information applications by exposing the information across the corporation so users can find things faster and managers can do their jobs better. Put another way, EIA helps users find the right information, which is the whole point of information technology investments in the first place. INSET: A Select Glossary of IA Terms.


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