Chapter 6Information Supply Chains and Ecosystems

A couple of decades ago, especially in the early days of data warehousing and as intimations of “information as an asset” were starting to take hold, information professionals started putting forward the notion of conceiving and architecting the production, flow, enhancement, and availability of information (even just within an organization) as a type of supply chain, an “information supply chain” (ISC). The supply chain is an excellent metaphor to visualize, define, refine, and assess the processes and resources for the information lifecycle—particularly for unidirectional analytics environments. Even though the term “supply chain” sounds like it focuses on the supplier, supply chains actually ...

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