So, I’m a complete sucker for the courtroom scene in the Rob Reiner film “A Few Good Men” for a number of reasons: it was written by Aaron Sorkin (loved West Wing and Sports Night), it’s a classic Jack Nicholson scene, it is one of Tom Cruise’s roles where he actually does some acting, and it’s a great 6-degrees of Kevin Bacon movie (I mean, it’s got people from Demi Moore to Cuba Gooding Jr. to Kiefer Sutherland, to Noah Wylie – think of the connections you could make with just those actors). I get sucked into this scene whenever I click by it on the television. (more…)
A recent trip to a supermarket in Telluride, Colorado struck me as a funny place to find an analogy for data quality, but there it was. You see, supermarkets here require you to bring your own bags to cart your groceries home. Those brown disposable plastic bags are banned here – the town has made a firm commitment to the philosophy of Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. By adhering to this environmental philosophy, data integration teams can develop and deploy successful data quality strategies across the enterprise despite the constraints of today’s “do more with less” IT budgets.
In the decade that I’ve been in the Information Management space, I’ve noticed that success in data integration usually comes in small increments – typically on a project by project basis. However, by leveraging those small incremental successes and deploying them in a repeatable, consistent fashion – either as standardized rules sets or data services in a SOA – development teams can maximize their impact at the enterprise level.