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An Information Management Method and Framework for FIDIS


The BPM concerns the analysis of identity management processes and, in particular, the analysis of information flows within and between the institutions, departments and personnel involved with identity management. A holistic and systemic approach is proposed that overcomes the issue of fragmentation and enables institutions to develop effective information management strategies relating to identity management.


The approach can be summarised as follows: 

  1. An holistic approach covering financial, technical, commercial and social requirements 

  1. A modular approach is adopted 

  2. Analysis and application can be either “top-down” or bottom-up” 

  3. It is generic and applicable to all business areas 

  4. It provides a framework for gap analysis, knowledge transfer and dissemination 

  5. It provides a set of models covering many business activities in the information lifecycle 

  6. It offers consistency for disciplines and for enhancements 


The method/framework can be applied to managing information for any type of project, business operation or service to ensure it will fit effectively into a given environment. The method is flexible and customisable and incorporates clearly defined events and procedures throughout the information lifecycle.  


A method such as this must not just be used to manage information in isolation but must enable it to be integrated with existing information resources and business practices. This needs to be accomplished under the umbrella of comprehensive information management.  


The approach requires continuous analysis in which there is close interaction with the personnel involved, to develop specifications, roles and responsibilities, possible risks, models of information flows, and compliance within and between stakeholders. The models should show where and how the use of information technology supports operations. The challenge is to identify ways of optimising and improving interoperability processes based on existing resources and on identifying how and where further improvements may be justified. 



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