Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Dynamics 365 and the National Information Exchange Model (NIEM)

Source: https://www.niem.gov/about-niem 
My company InfoStrat has developed a number of public sector solutions which include case management for justice and public safety as well as social services, such as SAVIN360 victim notification.  We have adopted a reference model for the data elements called the National Information Exchange Model (NIEM).  This standard helps software architects standardize their data definitions so that they use a common language to track the people, things, cases, and other actions which are central to their automated systems.

NIEM is a useful companion to Microsoft Dynamics 365 (formerly Dynamics CRM) because Dynamics 365 make it simple to standardize your data model and to rename objects such as entities, attributes, and field labels without programming.  By using Dynamics 365, you have a mechanism to efficiently enforce naming conventions and update your data model as your solution evolves.

NIEM is available in XSD and Microsoft Excel formats, as well as in Unified Modeling Language (UML) tools. You can learn more about the NIEM model here.

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