Clive Finkelstein

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Clive Finkelstein (born ca. 1939) is an Australian computer scientist, known as the "Father" of Information Engineering (IE).[1][2]

Live and work[edit]

In 1961 Finkelstein received his Bachelor of Science from the University of New South Wales in Sydney.[3] After graduation Finkelstein started working in the field of database processing for IBM in Australia and in the USA. Back in Australia in 1976 he founded the IT consultancy firm Infocom Australia.[4]

In 1972 Finkelstein was elected Fellow of the Australian Computer Society. Finkelstein was a distinguished member of the International Advisory Board of DAMA International (Data Administration Management Association),[5] with John Zachman. In 2008 he was awarded a position in the Pearcey Hall of Fame of the ACS in Australia.[3]

From 1976 to 1980 Finkelstein developed the concept of Information Engineering, based on original work carried out by him to bridge from strategic business planning to information systems. He wrote the first publication on Information Engineering: a series of six in-depth articles by the same name published by US Computerworld in May - June 1981.[6] He also co-authored with James Martin the influential Savant Institute Report titled: "Information Engineering", published in Nov 1981. He also wrote a monthly column, "The Enterprise" for DM Review[7] magazine.

Selected publications[edit]

  • Martin, James, and Clive Finkelstein. Information engineering. Savant, 1988.
  • Finkelstein, Clive. An introduction to information engineering: from strategic planning to information systems. Addison-Wesley Longman Publishing Co., Inc., 1990.
  • Finkelstein, Clive. Information engineering: strategic systems development. Addison-Wesley Longman Publishing Co., Inc., 1992.
  • Finkelstein, Clive, and Peter Aiken. Building corporate portals with XML. McGraw-Hill, Inc., 2000.
  • Clive Finkelstein. Enterprise Architecture for Integration: Rapid Delivery Methods and Technologies, First Edition, Artech House, 2006. Hardcover.
  • Clive Finkelstein. Enterprise Architecture for Integration: Rapid Delivery Methods and Technologies, Second Edition, IES, 2011. ebook - download in PDF from


  1. ^ Christopher Allen, Simon Chatwin, Catherine Creary (2003). Introduction to Relational Databases and SQL Programming.
  2. ^ Terry Halpin, Tony Morgan (2010). Information Modeling and Relational Databases. p. 343
  3. ^ a b Clive Finkelstein biography at Accessed 10. 2014.
  4. ^ "Information engineering, part 3," by Clive Finkelstein. In Computerworld, In depths, appendix. May 25 - june 15, 1981.
  5. ^ DAMA International
  6. ^ "Information engineering," part 3, part 4, part 5, Part 6" by Clive Finkelstein. In Computerworld. May 25 - june 15, 1981.
  7. ^ DM Review

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