Principles of Information Valuation


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Gartner describes how businesses should assess information as a value-creating asset. The guidelines may be used to address internal stakeholders in a stand-alone project or as part of a larger enterprise information management initiative.

Table of Contents

  • Analysis
    • 1.0 Information Is a Strategic Asset
      • 1.1 Strategic Information Management Is Driven by Opportunities
      • 1.2 Prioritize Information at the Enterprise Level
      • 1.3 Ensure the Right Information Is Being Managed With Enterprise Information Architecture Definitions
    • 2.0 Six Characteristics That Help Determine Information Value
      • 2.1 So Much Information Exists That You Cannot Value It Without Categorizing It
      • 2.2 Valuable Information Is Scarce and Difficult to Obtain
      • 2.3 Storing Information Results in Significant Cost
      • 2.4 Finding Information Is Not Simple, and Never Will Be
      • 2.5 We Don't Know What Information We Might Lack, But Must Have a Means of Deciding When to Stop Looking
      • 2.6 Our Ability to Process Information Is Limited
    • 3.0 The Four Principles of Information Valuation in Business
      • 3.1 First Principle: Aggregates Are Generally More Useful Than Single Instances (Corollary: Single Instances Are a Source of Unpredictable Risk)
      • 3.2 Second Principle: Teams Are More Productive Than Individuals; Treat Team Sources of Information Accordingly
      • 3.3 Third Principle: It's About Impact
      • 3.4 Fourth Principle: The Temporal Context Is Elementary and Primary
    • 4.0 How to Implement Information Valuation
      • 4.1 Accept That Some Legacy Information May Need to Be Deleted
      • 4.2 Ask the Right Questions About What Is Left
      • 4.3 Address Information Quality Problems
    • 5.0 Conclusion
  • Recommended Reading
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