EuroIA 2015

Madrid, 24 – 26 September


Big Information: Designing Integrated Views on Connected Ecosystems

A talk by Milan Guenther and Mike Clark

With the proliferation of digital and mobile, we are leaving a trail of our personal movements and contributions across the digital ecosystem, constantly adding to a giant pile of information. This dynamic space brings us closer together – businesses and customers, users and brands, enterprises and staff, tearing down the remaining walls between us.

As information architects, we learned to understand these dynamics across channels and touchpoints, media and devices, supporting complex journeys with integrated systems. Often, our designs aim for at the meta level: in order to address the pervasive nature of information in complex ecosystems, we develop universal strategies designed to create links where and when they are needed.

This vast amount and unprecedented speed of information creation and exchange frames a key challenge for our businesses and clients: in order to design meaningful relationships and exchanges with their environment, they need to understand what to do with information that is either needed or available. While IT-centric approaches such as big data processing add useful capabilities, they fail to address core questions of use, meaning and value – questions that are at the heart of Information Architecture as a discipline.

We will present a design-led approach to “Big Information” modelling, leading to a connected and consistent view of knowledge and information needs from the ecosystem actors we address. Using semantic modelling techniques as applied in Business and Enterprise Architecture, we can develop views that trace through to the capabilities needed to act upon an information insight. Beyond the design of digital information spaces, such a model aligns the business around the experience.

Milan Guenther

Milan is managing partner at eda.c, a strategic design consultancy. He works with large players such as Google, SAP, Boeing, Toyota and the UN, as well as smaller organisations and startups. Before co-founding eda.c, he founded a social software startup. He is the author of the book INTERSECTION and organises the INTERSECTION Conference series on the emerging field of Enterprise Design. He also co-leads the Paris chapter of the Interaction Design Association. Milan holds a Diplom-Designer degree from FH Düsseldorf, and an MBA from the Institut Supérieur de Commerce in Paris.

Mike Clark

Mike grew up interested in both the complications and detail of engineering and the thoughtfulness and simplicity of art. Across his career he has applied these interests to define numerous business design frameworks across a variety of industries and solve the elusive outside in and inside out alignment, for organisations such as JPMorgan Chase and GMAC. More recently Mike became an advisory board member of the Business Architecture Guild and works as a business partner with Livework.

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