The translation of information into successful effect requires the
provision of coherent information integration across an enterprise.
There are a number of key ‘information components’ that are required to make this possible.
Information must be:
· Visible: Information must be discoverable by appropriately authorised end users.
· Accessible: Connection to the network with tools that allow assured access.
· Understandable: Ensure it can be understood intuitively.
· Governable: Information processes must be regulated and owned.
· Trusted: The level of authority (security, pedigree) must be known and available.
· Interoperable: Facilitate combination and comparison with other sources.
· Responsive to User needs: Provide positive processes for user feedback.
But this will require change, particularly in the current cyber environment. For information to be accessible it cannot be locked in an individual system but must be contained within the overall environment in a trusted information service. No single supplier now holds all the pieces of the jigsaw, and with the picture continually changing is unlikely to do so in the future. From a technical point of view, successful information integration is developed through the consistent application of design principles and standards that address the ‘white space’ between the future services.
aims to promote successful information integration by supporting the evolution of a coherent information architecture that defines these principles and standards.