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MIKE2.0 Open Source Model

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MIKE2.0 is an open source methodology for Enterprise Information Management that was initially developed by BearingPoint. The MIKE2.0 Methodology contains a large number of artifacts, such as an Overall Implementation Guide, detailed MIKE2 Solutions, a supporting Architecture Framework and Tools and Technique Papers. It will soon contain some open source software artifacts that can be used in the delivery of an Enterprise Information Management project.

The MIKE2 Methodology reached a fairly mature state in late 2005: there were 5 releases of the MIKE2 Methodology starting in May 2005 with the 1.0 release in December 2005. In 2006, BearingPoint decided to release MIKE2 to the open source community, re-branded as MIKE2.0.

The MIKE2.0 methodology is contained within a collaborative wiki framework. The wiki, discussions groups and content that it references collectively form the MIKE2.0 Methodology. The technologies that make up the MIKE2.0 Collaboration environment facilitate the open source approach through file sharing, authenticated access, multi-user document collaboration and web-based content.

Rationale for the Open Source Model

The primary rationale behind the Open Source approach is for us to:

  • Provide an organising framework for the new area of Information Development
  • Continually improve the methodology
  • Attract and retain the best people
  • Build evangelists for the MIKE2.0 approach

In summary, the belief was that making certain aspects of the methodology available to the public will provide an organising framework to build additional artifacts in this space and significantly extend the existing approach. These assets are referred to as the 'Public Assets' of MIKE2.0.

We also believe this approach can help increase our visibility as thought-leaders in the Open Source movement and offer a solution that is continually improving for our clients. Many of our people are very passionate about Data Management and the importance of taking an Information Development approach.

Approach used for the Open Source Model

The MIKE2.0 Methodology project is in the early stages, with the Baseline Release of MIKE2.0 occurring in late December 2006.

The MIKE2 Leadership Team is still in the process of moving all of the content into the wiki. This process will occur through the Beta Period during Q1/Q2 2007.

Not all MIKE2 content was "open sourced", only the public assets. Examples of public assets include:

Examples of Private Assets include:

  • ProvenCourse Solution Guide for MIKE2.0 and integrated project plan
  • Project Estimating Tools
  • Any project-specific artifacts

A number of assets that are currently BearingPoint's private assets are still being moved into the open source version of MIKE2.0. This includes software artifacts and detailed technical tools.

MIKE2.0 in the Future

We believe that building a comprehensive methodology for Information Development means more than just phases, activities and tasks. As part of a community, we look to use MIKE2.0 as an organising framework for a new set of techniques in software development and a heightened awareness of these techniques as a business competency.

We also plan to build software-based solutions and detailed tools for the methodological process, as well as far more deliverable templates and design standards. At this stage, there are not many examples of detailed artifacts as part of MIKE2.0 - this is an area, more than any other, that we plan to build on in 2007.

The primary focus of MIKE2.0 in its current form is around structured data. The goal of MIKE2.0 is provide a methodology for Information Development that also covers semi-structured and unstructured content. The current form of the Overall Implementation Guide does provide a number of activities that can be applied equally to semi-structured and unstructured content and the SAFE Architecture is comprehensive in its coverage of information management capabilities. A number of starter Core Solution Offerings have been added to the MIKE2.0 site that give comprehensive coverage to Enterprise Information Management and Contributors are encouraged to add to these Offerings and their underlying assets.

The other important area of focus will be around Business Solution Offerings and Product Solution Offerings. MIKE2.0 Business Solutions allow us to move from expressing a business problem (where the approach to information management is key to success) directly into its technical implementation. In terms of Vendor Solutions, we looks for vendors that offer solutions in the Data Management space to help contribute by adding their own solution perspectives to MIKE2.0, mapping their approach to the conceptual and logical content.

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