Information Management Design

Designing Great Information Management Systems

Complex information systems

High performing organizations have great information management practices that distinguish them from the rest of the pack.

Information management is not the same as information technology. Most organizations have information technology solutions that look more or less the same and most organizations don’t have an information strategy.

Undoubtedly, there are proclamations and documents about how important technology is to your organizations core mission, but few companies are truly internalizing this mindset. By the time you select, procure and implement the technology, all of the underlying assumptions have changed.

While you can implement technology more quickly in the age of agile and web-based solutions frustration with information technology remains.

It could be Microsoft, Google, Oracle, Salesforce, Intuit, or one of few hundred other companies, the truth is, it doesn’t matter. The tools are amazing. They dazzle you with features and scenarios of use, but are missing the larger strategic point of information management.

Shift the Mindset

This is a big shift in mindset…and an even bigger journey. It is precisely because it is a such a big journey there aren’t many people willing to rethink the way organizations think about information management.

If you reallocated more effort to thinking the nature of information and communications than to picking the right tool(s) for your organization, the end result may be far better.

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The possibilities and opportunities are almost limitless. There is more than one way to organize information for humans and organizations, and the key is to build systems consciously with an understanding of the possibilities, limitations and potential trade offs.

This is where the art of design comes in. Great design is an art more than a science (despite the capabilities of Craiyon). Art is a process and truly great art is timeless.