Principle 3: Maximise Benefit to the Enterprise

Classification:  Business Principle

Statement: Information management decisions are made to provide maximum benefit to the enterprise as a whole within the Plymouth University governance frameworks.

Rationale: This principle embodies ‘‘service above self ’’. Decisions made from an enterprise-wide perspective have greater long-term value than decisions made from any particular organisational perspective. Maximum return on investment requires information management decisions to adhere to enterprise-wide drivers and priorities. No Organisation Unit will detract from the benefit of the whole. However, this principle will not preclude any Organisation Unit from getting its job done.


  • Achieving maximum enterprise-wide benefit will require changes in the way we plan and manage information. Technology alone will not bring about this change.
  • Some organisations may have to concede their own preferences for the greater benefit of the entire enterprise.
  • Application development priorities must be established by the entire enterprise for the entire enterprise.
  • Applications components should be shared across organisational boundaries.
  • Information management initiatives should be conducted in accordance with the enterprise plan. Individual organisations should pursue information management initiatives which conform to the blueprints and priorities established by the enterprise. We will change the plan as we need to.
  • As needs arise, priorities must be adjusted. The Enterprise Architecture Board will make these decisions.