CONTENTS

Preface

Acknowledgments

Chapter 1:    Creating an Information Ecosystem

Information Ecosystem Briefly Defined

Shifting Business Landscape

Consumer Demand

Competition and Complexity

Operating Efficiencies

Responding to Change

Corporate Information Factory

People and Processes

Summary

Chapter 2:    Introducing the Corporate Information Factory

Data in the Corporate Information Factory

External Data

Reference Data

Historical Data

The Decision-Support System to Operational Feedback Loop

The Flow of Data

Variations to the Corporate Information Factory

Operational Processing and DSS Processing

Reporting in the Corporate Information Factory

Corporate Information Factory Users

Applications Users

Decision-Support System/Informational Users

Types of DSS Usage in the Corporate Information Factory Environment

Centralized or Distributed?

Data Modeling and the Corporate Information Factory

Migrating to the Corporate Information Factory

Structuring Data in the Corporate Information Factory

Summary

Chapter 3:    The External World Component

Transaction Producers

A Taxonomy of Transactions

Consumers of Information

Who Are the Participants?

Summary

Chapter 4:    The Applications Component

Dated Applications

Unintegrated Applications

Applications’ Response Times

Migrating from an Unintegrated State

External Data, Metadata, and Applications

Feeds into and out of the Applications Environment

Summary

Chapter 5:    The Integration and Transformation Layer Component

What Is the Integration and ...

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