Friday, June 12, 2020

The Objectives of Informational Architecture

A fine-tuned information architecture streamlines information flow to make sure that the right information is in the right place at the right time and shared with the right persons for making the right decisions.
Information architecture is a structural information design technique of the various shared environments, more at the user face level, for how the information could be organized to make it searchable and usable by users, and how these data interrelationships make sense to users and ensure the value of information is identified and exploited to the maximum extent possible.

Cover management and accomplishment (at strategic, tactical, and operational level), and governance: Information Architecture is a subcomponent of the Enterprise Architecture evolving the high-level design that is a refinement of corporate strategy. It effectively articulates a more detailed information strategy. Information Architecture is a useful tool to visualize the strategic perspective of information management and focus on building information-support solutions in anticipating problems. A fine-tuned information architecture covers management and accomplishment holistically via information management lenses.

Information Architecture is a useful tool in the information governance context as well by articulating how the information will be structured to enable users to make effective decisions. Governance refers to direction and guidance. Information Governance is the act of governing - managing information with oversight. Information Architecture provides an effective framework to enforce information governance disciplines and ensure organizations do what they are supposed to do for improving information management effectiveness.

Identify weaknesses and priorities in strategy formulation: With the high velocity of the business environment today, strategy execution is an iterative continuum. Often by the time the strategy formulation is completed, the whole environment may have changed, Thus, information architecture can play a significant role in facilitating information usage to identify weaknesses and priorities, make timely strategy decisions, processing feedback that allows you to continuously adjust the strategy on the move.

The strategy is more than marketing; strategy rests on the assumption that rivalry (competition and cooperation) will occur and that choices must be made by leveraging information and using your knowledge of customers and competitors. There’s ambiguity in strategy management. By applying real-time information, the strategy can be made tangible, which in turn needs to be translated into concrete targets. It is also crucial to make an information-based risk assessment and constant evaluation of the business environment, otherwise, you may end up having a strategic plan which is oceans apart from reality.

Identify weaknesses and priorities in strategy roll-out: You formulate a strategy and then encounter the real world of implementation, One of the factors for strategies to fail at the implementation phase is its complexity. Any strategic planning process is based on a number of assumptions, and when any of your previous assumptions are proven wrong, then you must review the plan to ascertain if it is still valid. An effective information architecture with a well-designed user interface helps to facilitate strategic dialogues, build support and understanding of the strategy among employees and ensure that it is effectively communicated to improve the success rate of strategy executions.

There are varying potential points of failure in strategy management. It's important to identify weaknesses and priorities in strategy implementation. For example, poor information management capabilities that assess the business environment; set strategic direction, or translate strategic direction into real changes within the organization; or poor organizational governance competency that is needed to maintain the strategic fit. You need to leverage feedback to come up with concrete actions and initiatives through which the targets will be achieved by "planning, but being able to adapt quickly to current realities.”

Incorporate cultural requirements: Culture is a collective mindset, attitude, and behavior. Creating and maintaining the right corporate culture is in itself a competency shaped via information management as a linchpin. Culture can powerfully reinforce the competitive business advantage a generic strategy seeks to achieve if it is an appropriate one, such as the culture of learning and innovation. In fact, information is one of the most intensive pieces of digital innovation.

Culture shouldn’t be seen as a superficial phenomenon such as a business slogan or holiday celebration, but rather, more profoundly, what is in people’s minds or how businesses get things done in a consistent way. Incorporates cultural requirements to catalyze strategy management and successful strategies and successful culture are interdependent. The degree to which culture supports strategy depends upon the degree to which culture unifies its efforts to realize critical success factors. A good information architecture allows users to make “invisible” culture more tangible. Visibility offers more added values because it helps you understand the culture led business problem better, so you can better create a solution with less side effect.

Have a formal and complete informational design capability: Information is permeating into every corner of the business and every perspective of human society right now, it becomes the "nerve system "of digital organizations. In fact, the ability to explore intangible information assets becomes far more decisive to build competitive business advantage for the long term. However, there is a gap in understanding the information strategy for mid to long-term business growth or knowing how to apply the worthwhile evaluation to reveal the inherent value of information.

Information architecture design and management activities and capability should understand and manage complexity, know how to prioritize based on the business needs, communicate extensively, and focus on information adoption and establishes the informational occurrences required for all management & accomplishment elements, such as incorporating informational balancing; optimizing structures for the best informational application (including processes); or providing real-time inputs to the Information Architecture.

A fine-tuned information architecture streamlines information flow to make sure that the right information is in the right place at the right time and shared with the right persons for making the right decisions. Similar format to define knowledge-architecture, wisdom-architecture. So, the transcendence of Information Management into various business management accelerates business performance and unlocks organizational potential.


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