Over the past few years, we have constantly referred to enterprise metadata as a business complete with products, services, solutions, processes and customer service support. This business thought process is formed from the beliefs and principles held within a business model. Business models convert technology to economic value-add components by adding innovation to the economic model of the business itself. So where do you look for business models? Being a bit on the lazy side, I simply steal from other businesses, as the following list indicates.

Dell: Cut Out All of the Crap and Eliminate the Bureaucracy. Dell, a multibillion-dollar manufacturer of personal computers, was founded by Michael Dell at University of Texas and is one of the world's largest corporations. Their success is a result of focusing on improving delivery times, cutting operation costs and maintaining customer service levels. The shorthand version of their business strategy is that Dell cuts out all of the crap and bureaucracy from the business process. How can we eliminate the wasted process steps, quality impediments and the technology hurdles when deploying enterprise metadata? Clearly defining the business processes is a great starting place, then working to streamline them to the highest degree possible. Perhaps we could set up a prize for suggesting the elimination of the stupidest thing we do that gets in the way of progress.

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