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Mission Implementation and MaintenanceEnterprise IT Architecture

Imagine building a house...

  • without any architectural plans
  • with only general sketches as to how it's supposed to look, or only detailed diagrams for wiring, plumbing, etc.
  • with each subcontractor doing whatever they thought best, without consulting with the owner or other contractors
  • with no specialized functions for the rooms (e.g., every room has its own little stove, bed, bathtub.)
  • where a room had to be completely torn down just to remodel it
....the same is true for building information systems in public health.

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