What Goes Around, Comes Around

This week my email digest of articles from Agile Data Warehousing pointed me to an interesting article posted on TDWI’s site about Big Data. The discussion started off as most Big Data discussions do these days, around the so-called 3 Vs of Big Data – volume, variety and velocity. Read more

Data Centricity Needs Governance

Browsing though articles on Agile Data Warehousing, I just came across an article by Gavin Michael Growing the New Data Culture. The premise is that for organizations to become more data centric in their decision making process, they must not just manage data better, but must change corporate culture in order to have decision makers use that data more effectively. Read more

In a Traditional Data Warehouse, Facts Can Be Slippery

Since the beginning of data warehousing, practitioners have been comforted to know that facts—the individual business events that are quantified and measured—don’t change once recorded. That’s generally true when your warehouse is fed from a few highly reliable sources like the enterprise ERP and CRM systems; however, many warehouses rely on data sets that originate from various parts of complex organizations—or even from outside the organization altogether. Read more

Are you even (nearly) ready for Big Data?

Big Data.  What is it? Those of us who have helped organizations improve competitiveness through more effective use of information know that most data has value. The trick is in defining that value, determining how best to get at it and then executing a process to extract it. Every few years it seems we have to create a rally point for more focus on just how impactful information is, and for the past several that rally point is Big Data. If you believe what you read and hear, it can be pretty much anything you want it to be. But there is at least one shred of truth in what we call it; it is BIG. Read more

This Post Is Not About Big Data

Big Data is clearly the buzzword du jour in the information management space right now. I read a great article by Jim Ericson a few days ago where he talked about the hype around big data and how vendors, consultants and analysts have glommed on to (my word) the term and its pervasiveness in all topics information management. Read more

Don’t Boil the Data Governance Ocean

In a recent blog post, a Forrester analyst suggested that organizations should create a combined program for “information governance” that would cover governing both data and content. The premise is that there should be enough common ground and similarities in the two governance programs such that organizations can create “an information governance framework that will address both their structured and unstructured information [which] requires that the appropriate IT and business roles and responsibilities are clearly defined and that stakeholders from both IT and business are in agreement with the design and implementation efforts for an effective information governance strategy.” Read more

Get it Done, Right, the First Time (or at least from now on)

I recently read a great blog by Aaron Zornes, “Go Governance, Go Early”, in which Aaron called out the need for the discipline of a Master Data Governance to coincide with the deployment of an MDM solution. I couldn’t agree more! Read more

Lost in Translation

Recently, I wrote about treating a data process as the business process that it truly is.  The premise was that we must look at data management processes in a more structured way.  By spotting repeatable patterns and looking for opportunities to automate some of the mechanical aspects of the process, we can create opportunities to optimize process and improve performance. Read more

A Data Process is a Business Process

Businesses have long sought to optimize core business processes to ensure maximum business performance.  IT departments have supported the cause by building systems to automate many of the mechanical aspects of these processes ensuring repeatable, efficient execution of operations.  These same IT departments, however, have continued to use traditional labor-intensive methods of building many of the key components needed to support the rapidly growing and changing face of the business. Read more

The Fall Governance Classic

As I sit and watch the unbelievable talent during the World Series (even though my beloved Tampa Bay Rays didn’t make it to the fall classic), I can’t help but think of what it means to compete at that level.  Watching the flaming MPH indicator every time one of these pitchers throws above 95MPH (and how frequently they do so) is unreal.  Trying to hit a round ball off a round bat thrown at nearly 100MPH from only 60 feet 6 inches away is one of the hardest things to do in all of sports.  So, speed is surely the primary factor here – or is it? Read more