Architecture Review Checklist - Information Management

Data Values     Data Definition     Security/Protection     Hosting, Data Types, and Sharing      Common Services     Access Method


Data Values

  1. What are the processes that standardize the management and use of the data?
  2. What business process supports the entry and validation of the data? Use of the data?
  3. What business actions correspond to the creation and modification of the data?
  4. What business actions correspond to the deletion of the data and is it considered part of a business record?
  5. What are the data quality requirements required by the business user?
  6. What processes are in place to support data referential integrity and / or normalization?

Data Definition

  1. What are the data model, data definitions, structure, and hosting options of purchased applications (COTS)?
  2. What are the rules for defining and maintaining the data requirements and designs for all components of the information system?
  3. What shareable repository is used to capture the model content and the supporting information for data?
  4. What is the physical data model definition (derived from logical data models) used to design the database?
  5. What software development and data management tools been selected?
  6. What data owners have been identified to be responsible for common data definitions, eliminating unplanned redundancy, providing consistently reliable, timely, and accurate information, and protecting data from misuse and destruction?

Security/Protection

  1. What are the data entity and attribute access rules, which protect the data from unintentional and unauthorized alterations, disclosure, and distribution?
  2. What are the data protection mechanisms to protect data from unauthorized external access?
  3. What are the data protection mechanisms to control access to data from external sources that temporarily have internal residence within Boeing?

Hosting, Data Types, and Sharing

  1. What is the discipline for managing sole-authority data as one logical source with defined updating rules for physical data residing on different platforms?
  2. What is the discipline for managing replicated data, which is derived from operational sole-authority data?
  3. What tier data server has been identified for the storage of high- or medium-critical operational data?
  4. What tier data server has been identified for the storage of type C operational data?
  5. What tier data server has been identified for the storage of decision support data contained in a data warehouse?
  6. What database management systems have been implemented?

Common Services

  1. What are the standardized distributed data management services (e.g., validation, consistency checks, data edits, encryption, and transaction management) and where do they reside?

Access Method

  1. What are the data access requirements for standard file, message, and data management?
  2. What are the access requirements for decision support data?
  3. What are the data storage and the application logic locations?
  4. What query language is being used?

Copyright The Open Group, 2001