I’ve noticed that over time the importance that architectural methods ascribe to data seems to shift. For some authors data is just the stuff that gets processed for others it is the center of the universe. Needless to say both approaches have consequences.
This is a methodology book, but with a twist. What it proposes is a complete architectural methodology specifically developed with Enterprise Information Management in mind. One I think that could be adopted without compromising for example your integration architecture.
It blends elements of SDLC and architectural concepts like maturity models, frameworks, principles and road maps into a cohesive whole. It includes sections that are typically thought of as being in the realm of the data architect like Enterprise Taxonomy and topics that one would usually consider enterprise issues like governance.
The book is little over 500 pages in 30 chapters . The first few chapters introduce the usual issues around data, is it an asset? Is it fuel? And sets some definitions. Then if moves on to explore the challenges of EIM. These chapters are effective without being too academic and would serve as a good primer for anyone trying to come to grips with the topic from a management or strategy perspective. Only chapter eight is a bit of a disappointment at three and half pages “The Economic Conundrum of Information” does its best, but does manage one little gem “Remember there is is not a single CEO who will tell you information is NOT a critical asset …”
These chapters are followed by a ten or so chapters some 300 pages of detailed methodology with numerous examples and loads of good questions that you will have to ask your clients. It will take some time to internalize this methodology and the author acknowledges this by devoting chapters to sustaining and aligning EIM.
While this book might be criticized by the hard core data architect as not technical enough there is no escaping its usefulness as both a pragmatic methodology and a means of educating and aligning the business in particular. This is a book for Chief Architects, Data Architects, C level executives and any well read architect. Recommended!
Ladley, John 2010, Making EIM Work for Business, Mogan Kaufmann, Burlington.