Enterprise-wide information architecture design realigns an organization’s current array of information systems to better integrate and support the company’s business demands. Managers need to respond to changes in the marketplace with changes in their organization’s operational behavior and requirements for information. To do this, they are too often being sold what amounts to a “quick fix”. After years of reacting to change in this manner, many organizations are left with a complex group of poorly integrated systems that provide redundant or incompatible data. These systems no longer efficiently serve the organization’s operational or business needs. Because of this growth in complexity, the systems also become more difficult to understand and maintain.
Toward practical and proven information systems solutions
Managers traditionally turn to performance tuning or decide to add a costly array of systems in order to address current I.S. issues; realizing that these are only short term fixes.
The long term solution is feasible with our highly experienced staff and proven methodologies. Organizations will continue to spend countless dollars every year on “quick fixes” which are only making their current information systems increasingly complex yet less effective. Creating an efficient information architecture that is both timeless and application independent does take an initial commitment of time and money, but the payoff is substantial future cost reduction.
In today’s fast paced economy, managers are under increasing pressure to make rational business decisions at greater speed. Organizations that are better prepared to exploit rapidly shifting market trends and better service customers through efficient access to the right information will be better prepared to compete in this new environment.
Most companies have an adequate supply of data to support these decisions yet are challenged to sort and organize it in ways that are meaningful to their decision-makers.
Traditional on-line transactional processing (OLTP) methods are designed to automate day-to-day operations. They can insert and update data in databases rapidly but fall short in delivering meaningful timely analysis that managers and marketers depend on.
Often this information is not accurate and lacks the level of data reliability and robustness required for sound decision-making.
... Getting the complete picture
Moreover, as organizations grow, they typically develop multiple disparate databases that are not well integrated. Even if a manager has convenient access to accurate information within his or her particular business area, the same may not be true for other relevant areas in the organization. Because of this, managers may be relying on erroneous data or an incomplete picture.
Unlike OLTP systems, data warehouses are designed to consolidate and analyze data contained in an organization’s various systems in response to ad-hoc business questions posed by decision-makers.
BIEC’s software engineers understand that successful data warehouse development depends on approaching every project from your company’s perspective and with your current and future business needs in mind.
Our software engineers take an iterative approach; first seeking input from potential users of the data warehouse at all levels: from senior managers as well as front line personnel. We do the detective work necessary to fully identify the universal business rules and functions relevant to your business before we even begin the design process.
All too often, budget restrictions or lack of appreciation of proper applications and systems design forces IS professionals to resort to the “code and fix” method of systems development or to creating patchworks of commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) systems. Invariably this lack of sound development and proper documentation leads to serious design flaws that, once discovered, require substantial labor and money to address. Furthermore, if these projects are ever brought to completion, clients are often left frustrated and in the dark regarding their own systems.
The process of properly developing new systems or updating existing ones involves complex activities that need to be well defined, professionally managed and carefully documented according to a pre-approved project plan.
This Full Life Cycle development (FLC) model should include a thorough requirements analysis, a design phase, implementation of the approved design, testing and system maintenance. Working with you along the way to employ FLC principles will improve the quality of the final product and lead to real cost savings for your organization.
Getting it right the first time
Our software engineers employ a “best practices” methodology; knowing the importance of system scalability to any business wishing to compete effectively in today’s ever-changing marketplace. To this end we build well-defined and independent business rules layers into the systems we develop.
If in the future, new business rules are delineated based on the addition of new products, services or business practices, your in-house IS staff will be able to easily accomodate these rules. This means substantial cost savings for you.
At BIEC, we also understand the essential contribution of this model to the development of successful enterprise wide information architecture and effective data warehouse design. Spending less time addressing daily software systems problems gives you a competitive advantage; freeing you to divert more resources to servicing your customers and exploring new markets. This is why we are committed to working closely with you throughout each step of the development process in order to ensure the delivery of a high quality finished product on time and within budget. Our job is to get it right the first time so that you can get on with the job of managing your business.