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Taxonomies to categorize data and information.

Taxonomies to organize your data and information.

Taxonomies for tagging your enterprise data and information.

Taxonomies for seeding your systems and applications.

Taxonomies as Knowledge Management tools, for teaching, controlling language, learning, and understanding.

IF4IT Inventory of Taxonomies

About Taxonomies...

This document acts as a "Master Index," "Inventory," or "Framework" for IF4IT Taxonomies. Please keep in mind that, both, this inventory and its contents are constantly evolving.

In short, a Taxonomy represents a structured grouping of terms and/or phrases, that act as categories or types and that allow a person or a system to classify things.

Taxonomies are used by IT Professionals for many reasons, ranging from things as simple as being used as controlled vocabularies for standardization of language and communications to things as complex as the seeding of software systems that use them as behavioral rules and even for the synthesis of other solutions. Audit and Compliance organizations will often use such Taxonomies as frameworks for identifying auditable areas and for guiding what to look for and evaluate during such audits.

NOTE: As per the definition of a Taxonomy, which can be found in the Foundation's IT Glossary there is no single appropriate representation or standard for how Taxonomies should be represented. For example, some may be linear lists, others may be hierarchical, and so on. The IF4IT acknowledges that there may be other representations which may be of use to you, your enterprise, or your organization, and we invite and even urge you to explore any and all options in your search for the representation which is most appropriate for you and your stakeholders. The taxonomies in this inventory are intended to leverage multiple representations and will, therefore, use whatever representation make sense for any related discipline or topic area, given our own approaches and attempts to classify and organize IF4IT content.

Taxonomy Name Alternate Taxonomy Name Description
Capability Taxonomy Taxonomy of Capability Types A linear list of the different Capability types that are important to most mid-to-large-sized enterprises (most specifically their Process Modelling and/or Architecture Organizations). Such Capability categories are used to help classify and understand the different types of Business and IT Capabilities (i.e. functions or activities) that are used to define what an enterprise does.
Configuration Taxonomy Taxonomy of Configuration Types A linear list of the different Configuration types that are important to most mid-to-large-sized enterprises, used to help classify and understand the different types of Configurations that should be appropriately and proactively managed by IT Organizations and IT Professionals.
Configuration Item Taxonomy Taxonomy of Configuration Item Types A linear list of the different Configuration Item types that are important to most mid-to-large-sized enterprises, used to help classify and understand the different types of Configurations Items that should be appropriately and proactively managed by IT Organizations and IT Professionals, specifically as part of their different Configuration Management efforts.
Configuration Management Taxonomy Taxonomy of Configuration Management Types A linear list of the different Configuration Management types that are important to most mid-to-large-sized enterprises, and that a critical part of the IT Discipline called Configuration Management. Such a taxonomy is often used to help identify, plan for and deliver solutions for the various forms of CM.
Data Entity Taxonomy Taxonomy of Data Entity Types A linear list of the different data entities that are important to most mid-to-large-sized enterprises, used to help classify and understand data that is used by enterprises to run themselves and operate efficiently.
Document Taxonomy Taxonomy of Document Types A linear list of the different Document types, used by enterprises to help with the identification, definition, storage, organization and publishing of their Documents. This taxonomy is important to multiple enterprise disciplines such as Document Management, Artifact Management, and Records Management.
File Plan Taxonomy Taxonomy of File Plan Types A linear list of the different file plan types that are important to most mid-to-large-sized enterprises in support of the disciplines known as File Plan Management and Records Management.
Glossary Taxonomy Taxonomy of Glossary Types The following represents a hierarchical taxonomy of key Enterprise and Information Technology (IT) Glossary Types or Categorizations, along with dynamic HTML links to their semantically grouped Term/Definition pairs. These Glossaries are used by IT organizations, IT professionals and the various enterprises they support to help standardize language, semantics, understanding and communications between individuals and systems and represent the very foundation for Enterprise Knowledge Management.
Governance Taxonomy Taxonomy of Governance Types A linear list of the different Governance categorizations that is important to IT organizations and their Businesses.
Inventory Taxonomy Taxonomy of Inventory Types A linear list of the different Inventory categorizations that are important to IT organizations and their Businesses, and which is commonly used to help classify the type of "things" that are important to keep track of, in any enterprise. Such Inventory types or categorizations are common to the IT Discipline known as Inventory Management.
IT Discipline Taxonomy Taxonomy of IT Discipline Types A linear list of the different IT Disciplines that are important to IT organizations, which is commonly used to help classify the type of work that is performed by IT professionals for IT organizations and their clients.
Knowledge Management Taxonomy Taxonomy of Knowledge Management Types A linear list of the different Enterprise Knowledge Management categorizations or types that are important to IT Organizations, IT Professionals, and Knowledge Management Professionals who work to provide KM Services to and for enterprises of all sizes and types.
Policy Taxonomy Taxonomy of Policy Types A linear list of the different Policy Types or Categories that are important to many IT organizations, IT Professionals, and the Business stakeholders they provide services for. Each Policy Type is aligned with its IT Discipline for easier understanding.
Process Taxonomy Taxonomy of Process Types A linear list of the different and common Process types that are used by IT Professionals and the enterprises they provide services for. This taxonomy is related to the IT Discipline called Process Management and is often used to classify the many different types of Processes that are critical to enterprise operations.
Records Taxonomy Taxonomy of Record Types A linear list of the different Record types that have been deemed to be important to IT Organizations, IT Professionals, and the Business stakeholders they provide services for. This taxonomy is a component of the IT Discipline called Records Management and is often used to classify the many different types of records that are generated and tracked as part of its processes. Many of these high level types can and will often be broken down, further and as is applicable, by the enterprises that leverage them.
Records Management Taxonomy Taxonomy of Records Management Types A linear list of the different Record Management types or categories that have been deemed to be important to IT Organizations, IT Professionals, and the Business stakeholders they provide services for. This taxonomy is a component of the IT Discipline called Records Management and is often used to classify, help control, and coordinate the many different sub-types or sub-areas associated with.
Roadmap Taxonomy Taxonomy of Roadmap Types A linear list of the different Roadmap Types or Categories that IT Organizations and their Businesses stakeholders use as a means for assisting in the representation of Strategy. Such an inventory of Roadmap Types is often used as the framework for identifying, collecting, creating and publishing a singular Dashboard of all Enterprise Roadmaps and is critical to the Discipline known as Roadmap Management.
Service Taxonomy Taxonomy of Service Types A linear list of the different Service Types or Categories that are important to many IT organizations, IT Professionals, and the Business stakeholders they provide services for. Such a Service Taxonomy is commonly used to help identify and classify the many different types of Services that are critical to managing Work via a Service-Oriented Model.
Software Taxonomy Taxonomy of Software Types A linear list of the different Software Types or Categories that are important to many IT organizations, IT Professionals, and the Business stakeholders they provide services for. Such a Software Taxonomy is commonly used to help identify and classify the many different types of Software that are critical to an enterprise and to the IT Disciplines known as Software Management, Application Management, Asset Management, and License Management.
Taxonomy Taxonomy Taxonomy of Taxonomy Types (As ridiculous as it may sound...) A linear list of the different Taxonomies that have been deemed to be important to IT organizations, IT Professionals, and the Business stakeholders they provide services for. Such a Taxonomy is commonly used to help classify the types of "types" that are associated with Data, Information, and Knowledge.
Unique Identifier (ID) Taxonomy Taxonomy of Unique Identifier (ID) Types A linear list of the different Unique Identifier (ID) Types or Categories that are important to many IT organizations, IT Professionals, and the Business stakeholders they provide services for. Such a Taxonomy is commonly used to help identify and classify the many different instances of Data Entities or Data Types. Such a Taxonomy is important to the IT Disciplines known as Unique Identifier (ID) Management and Data Management.
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