The Italian saying “to translate is to betray” is a warning that any time we alter the representation of a work, we risk altering the work to the degree that the audience walks away with a completely different understanding than was intended. And while it can be frustrating to experience this effect as the audience of a TV series, it can be disastrous as the stakeholders of a major engineering program. For, every view of a system derived an Authoritative Source of Truth (ASoT) is itself a translation and a chance to unintentionally “betray.” Consider, errors in the creation of views call into question the validity and accuracy of the information within the views and any decisions or processing built upon them.
Views are more than the dashboards and reports generated for stakeholders. Views are also the means by which we transfer information from one ASoT to another; they are the structure of Digital Threads. Meaning, successful Digital Transformations require the creation of valid and accurate views to ensure the Digital Threads connecting models and stakeholders can be trusted. We can best accomplish this goal by extending the ASoT concept to include Authoritative Views, with all the rigor that requires.