Combining the Patterns
The structural patterns for a common information model are designed to be complementary. A common information model for an organization that is performing a significant transformation is eventually going to include all the structural patterns in its contents, although these are likely to be added over time.
The concept beads are always a good starting point. Then, depending on your business priorities, you may consider adding
- Encapsulated views for a systems integration or mobile project
- Continuous fabric for a data warehouse or big data project
- Unifying context to link together different divisions within an organization—or to link internal definitions with industry standards
Whichever pattern you use, the common information model should express just the aspects of information meaning, structure, and use that the stakeholders want to govern. It should make it clear where the consumers need to follow the guidelines and where they are free to innovate.