Information management and the 9-planes model

Information management and the 9-planes model

In an era where businesses are inundated with information and data, there is a growing need for effective information management. This need primarily arises as companies increase in size and complexity. How often has it happened that documentation of products, processes, or correspondence with customers become untraceable? The reason for this is often attributed to the rapid growth and expansion of a company or department.

Rik Maes’s 9-planes model provides a framework for information management and highlights how organizations evolve as they grow and mature. Initially, an organization often revolves around the craftsmanship of one person or a small team. However, with growth, various functional departments emerge, each playing a unique role in information provision.

In parallel with the growth and development of primary activities, supporting processes also increase in size and importance. These processes are designed to maximize the organization’s efficiency. Driven by modern technologies, the right information management systems ensure quality and enhance the return on business operations.

The interplay of these elements is reflected in the 9-planes model as the three vertical domains: Business, Information, and Technology. The organizational structure can be divided into three levels: Strategic, Tactical, and Operational. These three levels are also referred to as directing, organizing, and executing.

The three horizontal levels and three vertical ‘silos’ together form Rik Maes’s 9-planes model.



At MareVisie, we recognize the crucial importance of information management, especially when combined with project management. Rik Maes’s 9-planes model highlights the dynamics between information management, project management, and the interaction among various management levels.

MareVisie’s expertise lies in integrating these aspects, enabling companies to optimize their information provision and maximize their business outcomes. Our approach combines a strategic perspective with tactical implementation.