Getting Started

You are probably visiting iRINGToday because you have realized that you have an interoperability problem or an issue with the cost of information interoperability.  You are probably trying to determine what has worked for your industry counterparts, what steps they followed and what lessons can be learned from their experience.

Getting started can be a challenge, but the industry is ready to step-up and help you because it benefits all supply chain participants. Here we are offering some simple, straight forward steps you can take today to get started.

How to get started

1. Identify and understand your information interoperability problem

  • Take a close look at your business processes
  • Determine where you are wasting money on tasks that add no value
  • Follow the workflow on a few projects to assess where information interoperability breaks down and/or identify gaps in the process that are requiring rework or data translation
  • Estimate the cost to the organization

2. Engage the industry to help you scope your interoperability issues

  • Collaborate with well-established industry organizations that are focused on solving these interoperability problems, such as Fiatech, POSC Caesar, USPI-NL and OpenO&M.
  • Use these organizations to benchmark your problem
  • Learn from others who have taken steps to use iRING
  • Get introduced to the topic by reading an Introduction to ISO 15926

Steps to a successful iRING implementation

1. Start an iRING assessment project based on the scope of your problem

  • Collaborate with the members of PCA, Fiatech and the iRINGTools User Group
  • Leverage their training and experiences
  • Develop a “use case” for a pilot
  • Research and begin to understand ISO 15926 reference data
  • Leverage many open source and commercial implementation technologies offered by leading software vendors.
  • Benchmark you pilot and develop a business-oriented recommendation for management

2. Develop an iRING strategy and implementation plan for you company

  • Select a “right-sized” project for your first implementation
  • Document “current state” workflows and cost (pre-iRING)
  • Document “future state” workflows and costs (post-iRING)
  • Measure the results of the deployment
  • Assess the ROI

3. Establish enterprise-wide interoperability standards and governance

4. Encourage, if not mandate, that your partners get on board

5. Assess other value-added opportunities enabled by ISO 15926, like Link Data (Semantic Web) and Analytics

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