Category Archives: Integration Competency Centers

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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Data Integration in Action at Informatica World

Great Data is By DesignWouldn’t you like to have been a fly on the wall when American Airlines and US Airways experts got together to integrate their data systems into one cohesive post-merger system?

Now you can experience the next best thing by attending InformaticaWorld 2014 and hearing the American Airlines US Airways Data Architects talk about the data challenges they faced. They will discuss the role of architecture in M&A, integrating legacy data, lessons learned, and best practices in Data Integration.

While you are at the show, you will have the opportunity to hear many industry experts discuss current trends in Agile end-to-end Data Integration.  

Agile Data Integration Development
To deliver the agility that your business requires, IT and Business must pursue a collaborative Data Integration process, with the appropriate Analyst self-service Data Integration tools.  At InformaticaWorld, you can learn about Agile Data Integration development from the experts at GE Aviation, who will discuss Agile Data Integration for Big Data Analytics. Experts from Roche, will discuss how Agile Data Integration has lead to a 5x reduction in development time, improved business self-service capabilities and increased data credibility.

Scalability
Another aspect of agility is your ability to scale your Data Warehouse to rapidly support more data, data sources, users and projects.  Come hear the experts from Liberty Mutual share challenges, pitfalls, best practices and recommendations for those considering large-scale Data Integration projects, including successful implementation of complex data migrations, data quality and data distribution processes.

Operational Confidence
The management of an enterprise-scale Data Warehouse involves the operation of a mature and complex mission-critical environment, which is commonly driven through an Integration Competency Center (ICC) initiative.  You now have the need to inspect and adapt your production system and expedite data validation and monitoring processes through automation, so that data issues can be quickly caught and corrected and resources can be freed up to focus on development. 

The experts from University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, along with Informatica Professional Services experts, will discuss best practices, lessons learned and the process of transitioning from ‘analytics as project’ to an enterprise initiative through the use of an Integration Competency Center. 

Hear from the Informatica Product Experts
You will have many opportunities to hear directly from the Informatica product experts about end-to-end Data Integration Agility delivered in the recent 9.6 release of PowerCenter.

See PowerCenter 9.6 in Action
Don’t miss the opportunity to see live demos of the cool new features of PowerCenter 9.6 release at the multitude of hands-on labs being offered at InformaticaWorld this year. 

For example you can learn how to empower business users through self-service Data Integration with PowerCenter Analyst tool; how to reduce testing time of Data Integration projects through automated validation tests; and how to scale your Data Integration with High Availability and Grid.

The sessions we described here are a sampling of the rich variety of sessions that will be offered on Data Integration at the show.  We hope that you will join us at InformaticaWorld this year in Las Vegas on May 13-15 and as you plan your visit, please check out the complete listing of sessions and labs that are focused on Data Integration.

Please feel free to leave a comment and let us know which InformaticaWorld session/s you are most looking forward to!  See you there!

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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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Data Management Is No Longer A Back Office Function

A front office as defined by Wikipedia is “a business term that refers to a company’s departments that come in contact with clients, including the marketing, sales, and service departments” while a back office is “tasks dedicated to running the company….without being seen by customers.”  Wikipedia goes on to say that “Back office functions can be outsourced to consultants and contractors, including ones in other countries.” Data Management was once a back office activity but in recent years it has moved to the front office.  What changed? (more…)

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