Guidelines for Creating a New Solution Offering
From MIKE2.0 Methodology
First, of course, join MIKE2.0 if you have not already done so.
If you are contemplating adding a new Solutions Offering to MIKE2.0, here are some guidelines and tips. These suggestions are offered in rough order of occurrence. Of course, you need to be a registered user to undertake this task. It is also helpful if you have some basic knowledge of wikitext and/or use of the rich text editor.
Get Familiar with MIKE2.0
- Learn about the various types of Solution Offerings. Here are the key groups:
- Foundational Solutions - these are "background" solutions that form the basis for implementing many of the Core Solution Offerings and for any kind of Information Management initiatve
- Core Solution Offerings - this is the core set of solutions that covers the whole scope of Enterprise Information Management; they include specific best practices around implementing foundation capabilities (e.g. data warehousing, data integration) or advanced capabilities (e.g. business intelligence)
- Composite Solution Offerings - these go across offerings or sometimes combine several offerings into more complex, holistic solutions; they are by nature bridging or cross-cutting
- Business Solution Offerings - these tend to apply to a vertical market, a specific type of organisation or individual function within an organisation
- Product Solution Offerings - these are technology-specific offerings or applications, which may be open source or proprietary if provided by a single vendor
- Become familiar with the existing MIKE2.0 articles. Peruse the 731 articles already on the site! The easiest way to do so is to go to the Special pages link (found in the upper right box under the Wiki tab), then the All pages link under List of pages. From that page, you will then be able to see a full listing by clicking on the various links at the bottom (e.g., links at bottom). As you peruse these articles:
- Read pages of interest, note possible ones that you may want to refer to or link to as you develop your Offering write-up
- Make special note of which pages you may need to return to in the future with updates or modifications once you begin adding content about your new Offering
- Note gaps in the key concepts necessary to explain your Offering
- Make sure that you will be drafting an Offering in its proper group. (new Core or Foundational Solutions should be rare; Composite Solutions as well; if you want to create one of those, make sure to get in touch with one of the members of the MIKE2:Leadership Team) Then, begin to map out what content needs to be written.
- Also make sure to familiarise yourself with the MIKE2.0 category structure. Again, go to the Special pages link, then the Categories link under List of pages. You will see major clusters of content and patterns in the category names themselves. The number of members for each category is a count of sub-categories (if any) and articles. And you can assign your solution offering pages to these categories to link them with other content on the site.
Begin Preparing Your Content
- Depending on which group of Solution Offering at hand, there is a starting Creation Guide. These are, in essence, structured and organized document templates for what content should be in your Offering. Please first refer to the appropriate guide in order to prepare the keystone document for your Offering. Look carefully at other Solution Offerings in your chosen group to see how they have been written and constructed. Once done, prepare your Offering overview
- You may also need to prepare various images for your Offering. Depending, that might include architectural diagrams, flowcharts, schematics, or the like. You will see the appropriate kinds of figures based on your review of similar Solution Offerings. You may also want to check out the What is MIKE2.0 page, which contains many of the high-level MIKE2.0 diagrams. Another common figure is the Mike2 Solution Groups, which has many variants in that it uses red highlighting to place Solution Offerings in context
- You will likely identify other patterned content from your initial MIKE2.0 review that should be prepared. Examples include articles related to particular steps within The 5 Phases of MIKE2, current or future states of implementation, guiding principles, etc. Also likely is that you will discover missing content specific to your Offering that provides important background or explanatory material. This content, too, should be prepared
- Also, as suggested during the review step, you will likely find that certain terminology or concepts is missing within the current MIKE2.0 content to adequately explain your offering. The convention is to title each of these as "New Concept", write it with a short explanation and a link to its corresponding Wikipedia article, and then to place it into the Concept Article category
- In all cases, try to be attentive to assign your various articles into the proper MIKE2.0 categories. This helps keep the site organized and more easily navigated.
Monitor, Update and Expand
- Remember, MIKE2.0 is an active collaboration framework. Expect that others will modify and enhance what you have initially written. Make sure to visit your content on a periodic basis
- Updates are also important. As you learn more in your own local practices, bring those lessens back to your MIKE2.0 Offerings to keep them fresh and current. This might mean updating or changing some of your existing contributions, or adding new articles that deepen the material in the chosen area
- Lastly, continually look for making linkages and connections across the entire suite of MIKE2.0 content. Try to refer to other articles and increase the number of appropriate links across articles. It is in this manner that the whole structure and usefulness of MIKE2.0 is increased for all.