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Modeling and Simulation Support for System of Systems Engineering Applications by Andreas Tolk, Larry B. Rainey

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Chapter 5Data Policy Definition and Verification for System of Systems Governance

Daniele Gianni

European Organization for the Exploitation of Meteorological Data, Darmstadt, Germany

5.1 INTRODUCTION

The concept of governance was originally introduced in the corporate world, in which mechanisms were needed to assign responsibilities to the corporate roles (e.g., board of directors, managers, shareholders) and to provide the structures for setting and pursuing the corporate objectives (Goergen, 2012). The overall governance aim was to align the investment strategy, and more generally the decision-making processes, to the stakeholders’ best interests, while ensuring the conformity with the societal and market regulations. The concept was subsequently specialized to the IT infrastructure, upon which modern enterprises are highly dependent, with the objective of ensuring that the IT systems could most effectively support the core corporate objectives and the stakeholders’ interests (Weill and Ross, 2004). In the years, direct experience and common sense have driven the definition of a number of enterprise IT governance frameworks for establishing and administrating the IT infrastructure. However, these frameworks are based on two implicit key assumptions (Grembergen and De Haes, 2009): (i) the enterprise IT systems are under full and centralized control; (ii) the IT system architecture does not vary autonomously. Consequently, these frameworks cannot be immediately applied to information-intensive ...

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