Data Architecture and Information Architecture: What’s the Difference?

I read many articles by day. Sometimes I write comments. But now, I must insist with you. You need to read this article!

I quote below some parts of article that may claim your attention…

“(…) But these days, IT departments can do a lot more than simply crunch numbers and update addresses. They can find hidden relations among different data. They can help you gain a better view of your organization’s activities, strengths, and opportunities. And if you’re not using these larger capabilities, your competitors just might be. (…)”

“(…) Information, according to DAMA, is “data in context. Without context, data is meaningless; we create meaningful information by interpreting the context around data… The resulting information then guides our decisions.” (…)”

“(…) “The information architecture is the starting point for data modeling, design, and development to support business process needs… any new models or changes to existing models must be consistent with the definitions of existing information objects.” (…) ”

Sometimes, I see new terms and definitions that are only new ways to explain the same subjects. But it is not the case of IA.
For me nobody likes of change, and when it is inevitable, almost all people try change the minimal possible. When we do that, even if without realize, we are creating a “monster”. For instance, in some enterprises we can find a structure of data that neither the same enterprise can understand and say, clearly, the reason of this for the business.
I encourage you to read and “think out the box” about information architecture.


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