Untying the Gordian Data Knot. A Paper on Information Engineering (IE) and Corporate Information Management (CIM)
Research rept. Aug 1992-Apr 1993
INDUSTRIAL COLL OF THE ARMED FORCES WASHINGTON DC
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The basic building blocks are coming together, but the most difficult work is yet to come. DoD must find the best way to transition the data in its legacy and migration systems which today are integrated into a gigantic gordian knot. The Defense Information Systems Agency DISA provided the above assessment in September 1992 as part of the DoD status report on the CIM initiative. This assessment succinctly identified the major challenge for CIM. The current data in DoD systems must transition to the future DoD systems. DoD has selected the Information Engineering approach to accomplish this data transition. As such, Information Engineering and its associated data standardization processes become the pacing factors for the successful implementation of CIM. As Paul Strassmann stated, Without standardized data, there is no CIM. With the success of CIM totally dependent on data standardization, it is important that we understand this effort, the progress to date and the probability for ultimate success. This paper explores CIM and Information Engineering and discusses several impediments that can hinder CIM if left unaddressed. The paper also contains an alternative to the current data standardization process underway.
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