Monitoring of Wise Civilization

Monitoring of Wise Civilization

DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60960-168-3.ch011
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Classic Enterprise Information Infrastructure

The Classic Enterprise Information Infrastructure (C-EII) is illustrated in Figure 1. It contains seven specialized layers, where the sixth and seventh layers are the most visible to the end-users. A set of applications is evolving along with the development of IT concepts and business needs. In the 2000s it is based upon work from the office via in-building, local, metropolitan, and national networks/infrastructures (LAN, LII, MII, NII) and from home via a home network/infrastructure (HII) for tele-work. The intelligence layer (layer 7) is also an application layer, which specializes in managing the whole enterprise with the support of a knowledge management system, composed of an enterprise datawarehouse, data mining, a knowledge database, and a management dashboard (also known as business intelligence).

Figure 1.

The classic enterprise information infrastructure architecture

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Global Enterprise Information Infrastructure

The Global Enterprise Information Infrastructure (G-EII) is the extension of the C-EII through the Global networks/infrastructure, as illustrated in Figure 2. The user-visible layer 6 has more complex applications than those of a classic enterprise because they have to cover that enterprise’s geographic presence around the globe and must comply with a given set of nations’ legal rules. This requirement is particularly important in human resources applications, which must comply with each country’s rules. In the G-EII, new applications are in demand, such as e-Collaboration and e-CAD/CAM. E-Collaboration allows for a team or teams to work simultaneously in a virtual space, including virtual reality, saving on the costs of traveling to be in meetings. E-CAD/CAM is particularly applicable in offshore outsourcing of manufacturing processes. E-Library is also a convenient application, particularly for remotely located users who have limited access to good libraries.

Figure 2.

The global information infrastructure architecture

Layer 7, the 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 tracks the globalization index to be aware of a given enterprise’s global operations.

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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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