Author: Mike Alvarado
Should CIO's Harness or Unleash Metadata?
Information metadata is the best wellspring to drive incredibly utility and efficiency for individuals and corporations if it is managed explicitly to drive greater value, relevance, and context. Cloud-based services will catalyze examining new metadata models. CIOs need to craft, then drive, agendas with key stakeholders to adopt as a corporate mission extracting more value from corporate metadata along with roadmaps spanning the entire entity that protects corporate and personal privacy. A vexing issue for CIOs is determining which resources to deploy to create frameworks leveraging, encompassing and capturing existing as well as new metadata.
Priority needs to be given to harnessing, then unleashing, the power of metadata in service of new business models and opportunities. The first step is liberating line managers by explicitly placing value and new business platform creation as end states. The social media revolution has put an end to business as usual. What the Guardian Angles, the Invisible College and the virtual perimeter concepts portray is a future based on self-authorizing, self-defined work groups, business organizations, and trans-corporate entities spanning the globe. CIOs have to articulate aspirational mantras that place their prestige, resources, and courage squarely in support of metadata-centric business and informational models that can dynamically adapt and adjust to new and emerging conditions in global markets.
Action Item: Metadata spanning corporate, customer and market domains needs to be defined along with metrics and roadmaps that adapt business management tools to be metadata informed and driven.