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Enterprise DNA


In organisms, the molecule DNA is built from simple elements which are combined in multiple different structures called genes. Genes provide living organisms with the instructions they need to develop and function. So it is with information governance.

The DNA Model
Enterprise DNA is a model for your information governance framework.

Metadata provides the elements of information governance. We use metadata to identify, describe, organize, sort, filter, search, validate, utilize, migrate, preserve, and dispose of our information assets.

We refer to metadata as the DNA of the Enterprise, because these basic building blocks are used over and over again to build lists, tables, data models, taxonomies, thesauri and so on – structures which perform different functions within information systems. cf master data, reference data.

We recognise that every industry and organization has a unique DNA or metadata footprint. But within each industry and organization there are also common metadata standards and values.

Synercon’s Enterprise DNA templates are industry based models for building your information governance framework. Built from industry standards they include:

  • Functions
  • Activities and Processes
  • Document Types
  • Assets and Equipment
  • Locations
  • Organisations and People
  • Domains, Disciplines and Subjects

Enterprise DNA templates deliver a substantial framework which can be quickly and easily customised for immediate use, for building taxonomies, lists, tables, data models, taxonomies, thesauri and so on.

Enterprise DNA delivers to all facets of information management supporting:

  • Knowledge management
  • Information asset management
  • Master data management
  • Information governance

The concept of building a single source of truth supports interoperability between systems, and federated operations such as searching, access and security and appraisal.

Our Enterprise DNA models are highly extensible and can be easily integrated with local and industry standards and products such as:


  • Industry metadata standards
  • Retention and disposal schedules
  • Industry taxonomies and thesauri
  • Business process models

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