It has been said that data is the oxygen of transformation. At 8folios we think data is the blood of transformation.
Data is what is created and used to support your customers and the business model. Data is what flows through your organization and its IT platforms.
So if your organization is going to transform then it needs visibility to the lineage of its data:
Data lineage also includes where data intersects with the IT solutions. These IT solutions may be applications, API's or integrations, databases, or external solutions.
- Where is data created?
- Where is data changed?
- Where is data referenced or used?
- Where is data stored?
We think of this collection of multi-dimensional information as Information-to-Platform blueprints. These blueprints are not that different from the blueprints for a large building, which depict the whereabouts of things such as electrical conduits, water pipes, and sewage pipes.
What is the status of your organization's Information-to-Platform blueprints? Do blueprints exist? Are the blueprints reasonably accurate? Is your IT team able to use these blueprints to actively participate in transformation activities with your senior business partners?
Or will your IT team be up at the board saying, "It might flow like this..."?
Think about that for a moment. You wouldn't expect people to renovate (ie., transform) a building without reasonably accurate blueprints.
Transformation = renovation. Blueprints are required for productive renovation activities.
One more thing... Transformation won't be one and done. Your Information-to-Platform blueprints need to be dynamic, maintainable by many people on the IT team, and accessible to many people in the organization (even your business partners).
Create a free account, and see how quickly IT can blueprint five data entities and the related applications and integrations. Or, let us give you a 30-minute demo of 8folios.
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