iEM information and artifacts, for example an integrated enterprise workflow (iEW), are also used to support enterprise operations and improvement initiatives including the effective planning and assessment of strategic initiatives, the establishment of fully integrated business processes, improvements in technology implementation, optimizing operational execution and other business activities.
In addition, the EiM methodology and iEF enable an iEM to provide an integrated enterprise governance structure to enable and assure the development, provision and sustainment of comprehensive enterprise information management, collection, distribution and analytics.
Depending on the needs of the application, an iEM is developed using an integrated enterprise framework (iEF) to create an architectural space of appropropriate scale to contain and discern the resources of the enterprise, the relationships between these resources, and the relationships of the resources to the business, data, IT, technology, process, application and solution architectures which support these resources.
The iEM database provides the foundational structure for integrated enterprise governance of EA activities and the architectural information is provided in reports and used to generate a set of EA artifacts serving to provide a complete visual representation of the enterprise, aiding in the understanding of the architecture of an enterprise during improvement and transformation initiatives.
An iEM supplements new and existing enterprise systems at many levels by enabling and assuring the operational execution, management and control of the collection, distribution and analysis of products, systems, services, data and information.
An iEM is applied to creating and increasing the working functionality of an iEW by providing the architectural data and relationships between the iEW and all resources required.
For example, an iEM provides the specific relationships between the iEW for IT Services and the IT resources needed in the design, development and delivery of On-Line Customer Help Desk Services.
integrated Enterprise Model (iEM)
The Populated Structure of an Integrated Enterprise
An integrated enterprise model (iEM) is a relational database capturing information describing the enterprise as a set of resources and the path to the source information.