John Schmidt

John Schmidt
John Schmidt is vice president of Global Integration Services at Informatica Corporation where he advises clients on the business potential of emerging technologies and directs the company’s Integration Competency Center Practice. Previous employers include Wells Fargo Bank, Bank of America, Best Buy, American Management Systems, and Digital Equipment Corporation. John has written hundreds of articles on Systems Integration, Enterprise Architecture, and Program Management, is a frequent speaker at industry conferences, and served as Director and Chairman of the Integration Consortium from 2002-2009. He wrote the first book in the world about ICC’s in 2005, Integration Competency Center: An Implementation Methodology, and followed it up in 2010 with Lean Integration: An Integration Factory Approach to Business Agility. For further information visit http://www.integrationfactory.com.

Do We Really Need Another Information Framework?

Do We Really Need Another Information Framework?

The EIM Consortium is a group of nine companies that formed this year with the mission to:

Promote the adoption of Enterprise Information Management as a business function by establishing an open industry reference architecture in order to protect and optimize the business value derived from data assets.”

That sounds nice, but we do really need another framework for EIM or Data Governance? Yes we do, and here’s why. (more…)

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The Five C’s of Data Management

The Five C’s of Data Management

The Five C’s of Data Management

A few days ago, I came across a post, 5 C’s of MDM (Case, Content, Connecting, Cleansing, and Controlling), by Peter Krensky, Sr. Research Associate, Aberdeen Group and this response by Alan Duncan with his 5 C’s (Communicate, Co-operate, Collaborate, Cajole and Coerce). I like Alan’s list much better. Even though I work for a product company specializing in information management technology, the secret to successful enterprise information management (EIM) is in tackling the business and organizational issues, not the technology challenges. Fundamentally, data management at the enterprise level is an agreement problem, not a technology problem.

So, here I go with my 5 C’s: (more…)

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Don’t Fire the CIO, Transform the Business

Transform the Business

Transform the Business

The headline on the Venture Beat website this weekend was Why you should fire your CIO. The point of the article was that the rest of the executive suite in most organizations is ignorant about IT issues and has abdicated responsibility to the CIO, or they build their own information solutions without sufficient competence in information management. The article suggests that firing the CIO is one way to pass accountability for information management to the business leaders since there will be no place for them to hide. They simply won’t be able to deflect the decisions to the CIO. (more…)

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To Engage Business, Focus on Information Management rather than Data Management

Focus on Information Management

Focus on Information Management

IT professionals have been pushing an Enterprise Data Management agenda for decades rather than Information Management and are frustrated with the lack of business engagement. So what exactly is the difference between Data Management and Information Management and why does it matter? (more…)

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The Three Ingredients of Enterprise Information Management

Information Management

Enterprise Information Management

There is no shortage of buzzwords that speak to the upside and downside of data.  Big Data, Data as an Asset, the Internet of Things, Cloud Computing, One Version of the Truth, Data Breach, Black Hat Hacking, and so on. Clearly we are in the Information Age as described by Alvin Toffler in The Third Wave. But yet, most organizations are not effectively dealing with the risks of a data-driven economy nor are they getting the full benefits of all that data. They are stuck in a fire-fighting mode where each information management opportunity or problem is a one-time event that is man-handled with heroic efforts. There is no repeatability. The organization doesn’t learn from prior lessons and each business unit re-invents similar solutions. IT projects are typically late, over budget, and under delivered. There is a way to break out of this rut. (more…)

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If you Want Business to “Own” the Data, You Need to Build An Architecture For the Business

If you build an IT Architecture, it will be a constant up-hill battle to get business users and executives engaged and take ownership of data governance and data quality. In short you will struggle to maximize the information potential in your enterprise. But if you develop and Enterprise Architecture that starts with a business and operational view, the dynamics change dramatically. To make this point, let’s take a look at a case study from Cisco. (more…)

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Integration, So Your Kids Can Understand

Rob Karel has been doing a nice job explaining Big Data, Metadata and other topics for Mom, so now I’d like to tackle another key group of stakeholders – your children. My kids have been asking me for years what I do at work.  It hasn’t been easy to come up with an explanation that they can understand, so I usually just end up with something like “I go to meetings and stuff.” That works for a while, but it’s not very informative or inspiring.  So if their friends ask “what does your dad do for work”, I can’t imagine what stories they make up. So here goes my attempt to explain to a sixth-grader what the job of a systems integration professional is. (more…)

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One-Click Data Management

There are three reasons why we haven’t achieved 1-click data management in a corporate data marketplace. First, it wasn’t a problem until recently.  The signs that we really needed to manage data as an asset across the enterprise only appeared about 20 years ago.  Prior to that, data management occurred at the application system level and we didn’t need a separate focus on Information Asset Management (IAM) at the enterprise level.  The past five years however have a seen a strong growing awareness of the challenges and need for IAM; to a large degree driven by big-data opportunities and data privacy and confidentiality concerns. (more…)

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