Too often project teams have designed databases and applications under the dictate of limited resources, time and budget or from a single department-oriented vantage point. As a result, data are processed in silos that are not integrated or even in conflict with their "ecosystem" *.
Although the size of the ecosystem can be as large as planet Earth (and for some scientific projects certainly go further), there is no need to "boil the proverbial ocean", but to assess the factors that have an impact on an endeavors's integration with its environment.
Here is a non-exhaustive list of some typical project-external influence factors that define the scope of the related ecosystem:
- Cultural values, beliefs & norms
- Ethical norms
- Logic & common sense
- Scientific beliefs
- Research & Development
- Laws & regulations (International / national / local), e.g.
- Retention of fiscally relevant data
- Data privacy
- Demand for products & services
- Availability of products & services
- Norms & standards (International / national / industry-specific)
- Reference data
- Units / measures
- Technology, e.g.
- Cloud computing
- Mobile computing
- Strategy & overarching endeavors
- Enterprise Information Map (see the above image)
- Data Cataloguing
- Master Data Management
- Data Governance
- Analytics / BI
- Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning / Deep Learning
- Business partnerships
- Mergers & Acquisitions
- Legacy organization
- Organizational structure & units
- Legacy documentation
- Organizational knowledge
- Legacy systems
- Hardware / networks / operating systems
- Legacy Data Quality
While the impact caused by the above factors may differ, specific attention has to be paid to the organization as a legal, fiscal and economical unit relative to the ecosystem.
Grandite provides the consulting approach and the supporting modeling tools to help you ensure that your project results seamlessly fit with their ecosystem.
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* Encyclopaedia Britannica defines "ecosystem" as "the complex of living organisms, their physical environment, and all their interrelationships in a particular unit of space".