MIKE2.0 (Method for an Integrated Knowledge Environment) is an Open Source methodology for Enterprise Information Management.
I first became familiar with it in 2009. MIKE2.0 provides a lot of “thought capital” for practitioners in the areas of enterprise architecture, master data management, and data governance. While it was (at that time, at least) too incomplete to use “as is”, it was very helpful in being able to show to a client as an example of what a data governance program would look like, or what an outline of an enterprise master data management program would look like.
MIKE 2.0 evolved from work done by BearingPoint, which has emerged from its 2009 bankruptcy operating in 14 countries throughout Europe with about 3,250 employees. The MIKE2.0 intellectual property is now open source and is controlled by the MIKE2.0 Governance Association, which includes representation from BearingPoint and Deloitte.
Now, MIKE2.0 is firmly in the hands of a non-profit, independent governing body, which makes the entire body of work available as a tool for MDM and data governance practitioners.
There are a lot of great assets embedded in MIKE2.0 – in particular, there’s a customer data integration solution offering, a data integration solution offering, a data investigation and re-engineering solution offering, and an information governance solution offering.
These map fairly well to my “Five Essential Elements of MDM” article, where I said that, to succeed with MDM, you really needed:
- a Hub of some type
- some kind of data integration or middleware
- data quality capabilities
- external content
- data governance (which of course, is the most important)
So while I wouldn’t recommend using MIKE2.0 “out of the box” (i.e. without the need for some fairly heavy adaptation), it may very well save you a lot of time in your MDM and data governance initiative. If you’re not already familiar with it, I highly recommend you check it out.