Information Management and the 9-Square Model

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

Rik Maes’ 9-Square Model provides a framework for information management and highlights how organizations transform 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.
Parallel to the growth and development of primary activities, supporting processes also increase in size and importance. These processes are designed to maximize the efficiency of the organization. Driven by modern technologies, the right information management systems ensure quality and enhance the return on business activities.

The interplay of these elements is reflected in the 9-square 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, arranging, and performing.

The three horizontal levels and three vertical ‘silos’ together form the 9-square model of Rik Maes

At MareVisie, we recognize the crucial importance of information management, especially in combination with project management. Rik Maes’ 9-Square Model highlights the dynamics between information management, project management, and the interaction among various management levels.

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