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Developing a scaleable information architecture for an enterprise‐wide consolidated information management platform

P.W. van der Walt (Centre for Information and Knowledge Management, University of Johannesburg, Johannesburg, South Africa)
A.S.A. du Toit (Centre for Information and Knowledge Management, University of Johannesburg, Johannesburg, South Africa)

Aslib Proceedings

ISSN: 0001-253X

Article publication date: 23 January 2007

Abstract

Purpose

This article aims to address the concept of information architecture as a way of visualising and describing the various information assets and the interaction of these assets within an enterprise.

Design/methodology/approach

The establishment of the information architecture is illustrated through a case study within a large conglomeration of companies requiring scaleable information architecture in order to address its information requirements. Executives who are considered influential in the overall management of the group were interviewed.

Findings

The requirements expressed during the interview process, as well as observations made during meetings and general discussions with the various role‐players within the enterprise, gave the project team the necessary confirmation of the information requirements of the enterprise.

Research limitations/implications

As there is no direct integration between the underlying systems and networks, this had to be taken into consideration for the design of the information architecture.

Originality/value

The information architecture established in the enterprise forms the basis of support in delivering future information requirements for the enterprise.

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Citation

van der Walt, P.W. and du Toit, A.S.A. (2007), "Developing a scaleable information architecture for an enterprise‐wide consolidated information management platform", Aslib Proceedings, Vol. 59 No. 1, pp. 80-96. https://doi.org/10.1108/00012530710725223

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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