Here's an old idea whose time may have come: Information Resource Management.
IRM is the practice of inventorying and essentially policing all of an organization's information and information components. It's not just information management, because it encompasses all of the data, procedures, programs, projects, job functions and, yes, even business processes. IRM is also involved at the application development level.
IRM enjoyed its 15 minutes of fame in the mid-1990s, then disappeared off the IT management radar -- possibly because most organizations weren't capable of imagining or technically enforcing such an ambitious practice.
But it has been done. And as management consultant Tim Bryce argues in his IT Toolbox blog, if more organizations would undergo IRM, it would simplify even massively complex enterprise problems. Specifically, he believes Y2K would've been no big deal, if only companies were practicing IRM.
You're probably thinking you need neither another three-letter acronym nor methodology. And, honestly, Bryce takes a very dim view of management's readiness to implement IRM. Nonetheless, it's an intriguing idea that could be useful as more companies move to an SOA environment.
Be sure to check out the reader comments, which include one person's account of working in a company that enforced IRM.