How to Transform the Information Infrastructure of Enterprise into Sustainable, Global-Oriented and to Monitor and Predict the Sustainability of Civilization: The Organizational and Social Aspects

How to Transform the Information Infrastructure of Enterprise into Sustainable, Global-Oriented and to Monitor and Predict the Sustainability of Civilization: The Organizational and Social Aspects

Andrew Targowski (Western Michigan University, USA)
Copyright: © 2010 |Pages: 10
DOI: 10.4018/irmj.2010070101

Abstract

In this paper, the author defines the evolution of the Classic Enterprise Information Infrastructure into Sustainability and Global Enterprise Information Infrastructure. However, this is not the end of evolution. Since Enterprise Systems operate within larger entities, such as Local, National, Global Information Infrastructures and these create the Civilization Information Infrastructure. The latter is the foundation for modern civilizations and the emerging Global Civilization, with repercussions for lower level infrastructures as well as World Civilization. If such civilizations want to survive, they must be able to monitor and predict sustainability in relationship with enterprises. In this paper, the author then gives recommendations for pathways to a sustainable future.
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Classic Enterprise Information Infrastructure

The Classic Enterprise Information Infrastructure (C-EII) is illustrated in Figure 1. It contains 7 specialized layers, where the 6th and 7th Layer are the most visible for the end-users. A set of applications is evolving along with the development of IT concepts and business needs. In the 2000th it is based upon work from the office via in building, local, metropolitan, and national networks/infrastructures (LAN, LII, MII, NII) and from a home via a home network/infrastructure (HII) for tele-work. The 7-Intelligence Layer is also an application layer, which specializes in managing of the whole enterprise with the support of Knowledge Management System, composed of Enterprise Data warehouse, Data Mining, Knowledge Database, and Management Dashboard, also known as business intelligence.

Figure 1.

The classic enterprise information infrastructure architecture

Global Enterprise Information Infrastructure

The Global Enterprise Information Infrastructure (G-EII) is the extension of the C-EII through the Global networks/infrastructure, as it is illustrated in Figure 2. The user-visible Layer 6 has applications more complex than applications of a classic enterprise, since they have to cover that enterprise geographic presence around the Globe and must comply with a given set of nations’ legal rules. This requirement is particularly important in the Human Resources Applications, which must comply with each country’s rules. In the G-EII new applications are in demand, such ones as; e-Collaboration, e-CAD/CAM. The e-Collaboration allows for simultaneous team or teams work in a virtual space, including virtual reality, saving on the costs of trips to be in meetings. E-CAD/CAM is particularly applicable in off-shore outsourcing of manufacturing processes. Also e-Library is a convenient application, particularly for remotely located users, without a limited access to good libraries.

Figure 2.

The global information infrastructure architecture

The 7-Intelligence Layer contains two intelligence-oriented systems, the classic business intelligence and global intelligence. The difference between BI and GI is in their content; the latter analyzes business processes in the global platform and traces the Globalization Index to be aware of a given enterprise’s global operations.

Global Civilization And Global Enterprise

The current third wave of globalization takes place on the threshold of the third millennium and is the most extensive to date. Globalization refers to a multidimensional set of social processes that create, multiply, stretch, and intensify worldwide social interdependencies and exchanges while at the same time fostering in people a growing awareness of deepening connections between the local and distant (Steger, 2003). The World is shrinking fast and comes together as a Global Civilization, which shapes our lives and changes politics, work, and families.

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