"As Manager of Business Intelligence and Data Management at the University of Western Sydney, I was responsible for taming the data chaos. Creating a readily accessible enterprise business glossary to standardise the definitions of key business terms seemed to be the best place to start but how on earth to go about it?
Over the years I had seen many attempts at creating enterprise business glossaries die a slow death as they drift out of date, or are filed in an obscure part of the enterprise content management system never to be seen again.
I wanted a living, breathing, high quality enterprise business glossary, wrapped with appropriate governance processes – not too heavy and not too light. And I wanted to create a vibrant community of business term developers all engaged in active definition building and review, collaborating in the virtual world.
I was lucky enough to discover the Intraversed team and their software product Intralign...
We piloted Intralign and found it to be the only product on the market that had built-in functionality to ensure well-structured and grammatically correct definitions. It also has lots of other features to facilitate collaboration and automated governance processes.
We worked with three consultants who were all exceptionally talented and great communicators but Terry Smith was particularly outstanding as she led more than thirty workshops, covering all the major functional areas of the University. Initially the focus of the workshops was to tailor governance structures and processes that were sustainable for the University. Then we moved on to develop well over one hundred business term definitions. Somehow Terry manages to make term definition workshops fun and we experienced high levels of engagement from staff regardless of their level in the organisation. I must say that the chocolate did help though!
I have no hesitation in recommending the Intraversed team and their product Intralign if you are considering the implementation of an enterprise business glossary."