Information Strategy

Many organizations have a technology and data analytics strategy yet fail to have a prudent information strategy. Organizations need to describe, organize, integrate, share and govern data in an application-independent manner in support of information needs and business goals. It is optimal that technology infrastructure and data management be application and technology agnostic.

Organizations should review and assess their current information management technologies and processes and determine the range of technology capabilities and analytical processes necessary to deliver the right information infrastructure for the future (i.e., massive structured and unstructured data sets and diverse data sources). Then develop a plan and road map for increasing the effectiveness of the information infrastructure.

Gartner's Information Capabilities Framework describes a holistic framework-based approach to information infrastructure to manage the explosion in the volume, variety, velocity and quality of business data. It describes the structures that lie between the many different sources of information (e.g., structured and unstructured data) and the use cases for that information (e.g., data science and business analytics). It includes common capabilities for using information and specialized capabilities, as well as the standards, semantics and metadata schemes that give information these capabilities.