Rob Karel

Rob Karel
Rob Karel is the vice president Product Strategy at Informatica. Karel is focused on developing and implementing a comprehensive strategy and solution for data governance spanning the entire Informatica product family. Formerly with Forrester Research, Rob has a stellar reputation as an industry expert in the area of data management and was ranked in the top 2% of all analysts at the firm. Karel looks across Informatica’s products to advance the company’s breadth in data management. He has more than 20 years of data management experience, working in both business and IT roles to develop solutions that provide better quality of, confidence in, and usability of critical enterprise data. Most recently, Karel spent six years with Forrester Research as a Principal Analyst, and was a leading expert in how companies deliver trusted information across the enterprise to enable mission critical business processes, customer interactions and decisions. Karel’s research focus included master data management, data quality, metadata management, data integration, data architecture, and data governance best practices. Prior to joining Forrester, Karel managed Intuit's enterprise data quality initiatives and supported the implementation of Intuit's customer master reference system. Prior to Intuit, Karel managed the design and development of customer master and attribute management solutions for Cisco Systems. Earlier, Karel was Research Manager for the global mergers and acquisitions product group at Thomson Financial Securities Data (now Thomson Financial Investment Banking). Rob received a Bachelor of Science from Ithaca College with a Major in Finance and a Minor in Economics. Follow Rob Karel on Twitter @rbkarel

Baseline Data Governance With Peer Benchmarking

I’m excited to share that, since its launch in January 2013, the GovernYourData.com community has been very well received. With over 4,700 unique visitors and nearing 600 registered members, many data management practitioners recognize it as a valuable go-to resource to support their data governance efforts.  While maintaining our core objective of vendor- and product-neutrality, the site offers over 100 best practice blog posts from over 17 different contributors, shares the details on a dozen upcoming industry events, and has links to a wide variety of white papers, analyst research, recommended books, and other educational resources.  (more…)

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Big Data, So Mom Can Understand

Dear Mom,

I’m glad to hear you feel comfortable explaining data to your friends, and I completely understand why you’ll avoid discussing metadata with them.  You’re in great company – most business leaders also avoid discussing metadata at all costs! You mentioned during our last call that you keep reading articles in the New York Times about this thing called “Big Data” so as promised I’ll try to explain it as best I can.   (more…)

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Chief Data Officers, Data Governance and The Internet of Things

We’ve posted three compelling new articles to the Potential at Work for Information Leaders site, including:

  1. “Will the real Chief Data Officer please stand up?” Some question the need for a new C-level position, arguing that a company’s chief information officer should be the one to oversee an organization’s data.  Others argue the CIO is stretched too thin already and a new type of leader must emerge.  Where do you stand?
  2. “Introducing a ‘define once, govern everywhere’ data management style” The sanity afforded by defining data standards only once and applying them anywhere will create time to investigate innovative uses for that data.  Information leaders will be much more successful if they spend less time managing projects to recode the same rules across every new application, and instead work with business partners to identify new information opportunities.
  3. “Rise of the machines: the Internet of Things” Are devices that track our every move poised to unlock new potential in humankind or are they just downright invasive?  While privacy remains a critical consideration, this article illustrates the global potential if we can effectively leverage big data to harness the emerging Internet of Things.  

For these articles and many more, check out the Potential at Work for Information Leaders community today. Available in nine languages, this site will continue to feature fresh, new ideas to promote the value of information management from a variety of top technology leaders.

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What Information Leaders should know about delivering secure, fresh, and accurate data

If you haven’t already, check out the Potential at Work for Information Leaders site. We’ve just posted three great new articles designed to help you be more successful:

  1. “Driving value without locking down your data” Securing your data doesn’t mean inhibiting its use – far from it.  Did you know that effective data masking practices allow information leaders to optimize the value data delivers to the organization while ensuring its security? Some forward-thinking information leaders are doing this and getting great results.
  2. “How fresh is your data?” Simply delivering data is not good enough anymore. You must get it to the right people at the right time while it is still fresh enough to be useful. Find out how to do it right.
  3. “Turn an application data migration initiative into a data governance pilot” A data migration effort can accomplish so much more than simply transferring data. Think about using it as an opportunity to improve the quality of existing data and apply new, higher standards to the information powering your organization.

Don’t miss out on topics that are key to your success. Please join the Potential at Work for Information Leaders community today. Available in nine languages, this site will continue to feature fresh, new ideas to promote the value of information management from a variety of top technology leaders.Sign up now!

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Helping Information Leaders Put Their Potential To Work

During Informatica World in early June, we were excited to announce our new Potential at Work Community.  You can read Jakki Geiger’s blog introducing the Community to learn more about the goals for this great resource.  (more…)

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Two Sci-Fi Big Data Predictions From Over 50 Years Ago

Science fiction represents some of the most impactful stories I’ve read throughout my life.  By impactful, I mean the ideas have stuck with me 30 years since I last read them.  I recently recalled two of these stories and realized they represent two very different paths for Big Data.  One path, quite literally, was towards enlightenment.  Let’s just say the other path went in a different direction.  The amazing thing is that both of these stories were written between 50-60 years ago. (more…)

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Data, So Mom Can Understand

Dear Mom,

I’ve been in the data management industry for over 20 years, and you’ve always been very supportive of my career – even though you admit you have no clue what it is I do for a living.  So here’s my best shot at explaining what I do so you can more accurately brag about me to your friends! J

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Asset in, Garbage Out: Measuring data degradation

Following up on the discussion I started on GovernYourData.com (thanks to all who provided great feedback), here’s my full proposal on this topic: 

We all know about the “Garbage In/Garbage Out” reality that data quality and data governance practitioners have been fighting against for decades.   If you don’t trust data when it’s initially captured, how can you trust it when it’s time to consume or analyze it?  But I’m also looking at the tougher problem of data degradation.  The data comes into your environment just fine, but any number of actions, events – or inactions – turns that “good” data “bad”.   

So far I’ve been able to hypothesize eight root causes of data degradation.  I’d really love your feedback on both the validity and completeness of these categories.   I’ve used similar examples across a number of these to simplify. (more…)

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Purveyors of Dirty Data: Mystery Vendors Peddle User Lists

Since I joined Informatica over a year ago, I’ve received a daily stream of unsolicited emails from vendors selling “marketable user email/contact list databases” of myriad software and hardware technologies ranging from enterprise apps, business intelligence, Cloud computing, networking and infrastructure, etc.  You get the idea – and I’m sure many of you experience a similar phenomenon on a daily basis.     

My catalyst for writing a post about this is when I considered the relevance, transparency and quality requirements that data governance leaders strive for –and how these vendors seem to dismiss all of the above. (more…)

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