The datalogical world, is the “fossil” of what occurs in the organization as a result of coordination acts or business operations.
Data appears first, as a result of operation, the kind of applications after (not the other way around), despite being modelled contrary to this approach. For the objective of defining what kind of applications an organization should have, forget about the miracle an application can foster, applications should be a mirror about the kind of experience the stakeholders want to feel.
Theoretically, all the acts produced across the organization are recorded (despite this is somewhat far from the truth). Hence data (that constitutes the information architecture) is the mirror of what occurs during process execution (independently if it’s automated, normalized, ad-hoc, adaptive, etc). Today, we are headed towards the digitalization of all data as a consequence of the new norm that is, organizations are becoming digital. Hence, the data explosion phenomena, despite, there is still data on paper as also data that it is deleted.
Using that amalgamation of data, actors should have the opportunity to infer, reason, make decisions, the expression of our intellect, that is the reason of being the “Information space” – (how knowledge is diffused) that ultimately supports the very existence of the corporation.
It is curious how this theme is catching attention. I will be delivering a session at enterprise architecture Europe 2014 next week in London. Join the session called Viable a System Model meets #entarch. An expanded view of the session and in particular about what appears first, data or application is at reach here