In the past six years, our organization has moved from ground zero to one of the most recognized metadata implementations in the world. In my educational sessions, one question comes up over and over again: "What should you focus on in the early stages of delivery?" Clearly, the answer is, "It depends on the environment and requirements." However, the vast majority of implementations will address and experience 80 percent of the same issues, challenges and obstacles. The components described in this article will include the functions, activities, tasks and deliverables that every implementation will encounter. With the exception of functions, each of the other three should be viewed as a hierarchal requirement of the one above.

Unfortunately, due to the page and time limitations, only the first two layers of the model will be described in detail (functions and activities). The detail tasks and deliverables will need to wait for another column or perhaps a small book. Figure 1 provides a view of the framework functions and associations that will be reviewed here.

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