‘Information management’ is an umbrella term that encompasses all the systems and processes within an organisation for the creation and use of corporate information.
The most successful organisations are the ones with the most useful and actionable information.
Architecture for Information Management
The recipe for success begins with a good, well-rounded and complete architectural approach. Architecture is immensely important to information management success. You can architect the environment in a way that encourages data use by making it well-performing, putting up the architecture/data quickly and having minimal impact on users and budgets for ongoing maintenance (because it was built well initially).
The need of the architecture skills is important because he/she can turn information into business success.
Information management therefore encompasses 3 sections (usually referred as infamous three circles of information architecture):
Fig Ref: Rosenfeld L.; & Morville P., Information Architecture for the World Wide Web, 2nd Edition, 2002.
The three sections help to answer other tough questions, too, such as:
- What research and evaluation methods should information architects be familiar with?
- What kinds of people should be part of the team that designs the information architecture?
- What kinds of books and blogs should I read to keep up with the field and its practice?
Each of these must be addressed if information management projects are to succeed.