APPENDIX A

CIF Architecture Guidelines

These guidelines review all aspects of corporate information factory architecture. Upon finding a discrepancy or omission, the reviewer can choose to go into a topic much more deeply than that suggested by the guidelines, or a topic can be omitted if it is optional.

Throughout this review, reference will be made to the corporate information factory. You can download a copy of the corporate information factory at www.billinmon.com. Also, a CIF foldout apeared in the January 2000 issue of DM Review.

The review of the corporate information factory concentrates on the following areas:

  1. Standard CIF components. This part of the review assesses which CIF components are currently in existence or should exist.

  2. Other CIF components. This part of the review assesses integrating optional components to the CIF. These components include ERP, CRM, and other analytical applications.

  3. CIF variations. This part of the review assesses variations to the CIF. These variations include the distributed data warehouse and global data warehouse.

  4. Standard operations. This part of the review determines whether the operations of the CIF components are proper.

  5. Monitoring. This part of the review assesses how effectively the CIF is being monitored.

  6. Data mart and end-user access. This part of the review assesses whether the data mart is operating under the guidelines mandated by the CIF architecture.

  7. Data warehouse reconciliation/adjustment. This part of the review ensures ...

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