Success and failure can be measured in many different ways. If we judge success by sustainability over a long time span, the number of successful EIM implementations is still not very high in the IM industry.
The creation of an Enterprise Information Management roadmap would provide a significant opportunity for IT to proactively improve on the relationship with its business partners. Most organizations have some form of multi-year business plan that the roadmap exercise can leverage. Regardless of the level of detail that business plan contains, strategic discussions about desirable future business capabilities are a pre-requisite for developing a roadmap, and would involve different levels within the business community. Roadmap discussions in themselves help reinforce or create new relationships and provide a means for IT to identify quick wins and synergies.
An EIM roadmap shows how the overall EDW platform should evolve to accommodate the changing needs of the business community, and should provide the following different perspectives:
||key business capabilities mapped to a multi-year horizon|
||a multi-phased and multi-year program (normally an extension of a current one)|
||depiction of how the enterprise data model is growing in scope, both in terms of detailed data and business focused solutions (also referred to as Data Marts)|
||identification of any additional internal or external data sources contributing data to the EDW|
||depiction of how the technical architecture and infrastructure will evolve to properly address the future business needs|
The world keeps changing, as do the organizations operating in it. A roadmap is dynamic in nature and needs to be revisited periodically to accommodate any changes in strategy and priorities.