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0720 Information Supply Chains

An InformationSupplyChain identifies the flow of a particular type of data across a digital landscape. It is an architectural construct that can provide the focus for data governance activities that ensure data is delivered where it is needed in a timely and efficient manner.

The information supply chain is typically broken down into segments represented by InformationSupplyChainSegment entities that each define a particular exchange of data. The segments are linked to their information supply chain via the InformationSupplyChainComposition relationship.

UML

The flow of data that the information supply chain represents is described using solution components that are linked via ports and wires. the SolutionLinkingWire contains the unique identifiers of the information supply chain segments that it implements. Typically, each identified segment is for a different information supply chain that happen to share a part of the data flow.

If additional processing is required to move the data between solution components along the wire, for example via an ETL process, this is shown by an ImplementedBy relationship between the information supply chain segment and the Process that represents the implementation. Alternatively, the component that provides the data movement can be show explicitly as a solution component in the solution blueprint.