I was in a meeting this week and we started talking about Enterprise Information Management. Somehow we got onto a track about, what is this and then what is the information that we are managing?
It got me to thinking about some experiences both while at Project X and before. Here are some thoughts:
From where do you see the world?
- At the Server level – it is applications
I remember being in a meeting with HP in the early dot com days and they saw content as the applications on their servers.
- At the Application level – it is data
That conversation with HP caught me totally caught off guard and said no that is the data and artifacts that those said applications serve up to the world.
Also new in SOA, the services are now content
- At the Data level – it is the data again, but it could be applications (stored procedures and the like)
- At the Network Level – it is the 1’s and 0’s that cross their network (could be data, applications or ???)
- At the Enterprise – the stuff on our desks, pc’s, servers and everywhere else in our organization.
These are just some of the differences in viewpoints that we all bring with us when talking about these things and why. So make sure you engage in the conversation and define the core and context around the topic at hand.