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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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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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CIO Top 5×2: Part 1

I was cleaning up my office last week, and I started flipping through my rather large backlog of CIO magazines.  I hadn’t touched the stack in months, since I usually read the online version.  But luckily I took a moment to scan the headlines, as I came across a couple items I hadn’t spent enough time on earlier:  their annual State of the CIO survey, as well as a January survey regarding their “top tech priorities”.

These two surveys provided some interesting insights into the top day-to-day priorities for CIOs, as well as the future things they are keeping their eyes on.  In this posting, I’ll talk about the lynchpin role enterprise information management (EIM) plays in the day-to-day running of the ship. In my next post I’ll talk about how EIM interplays with the various technologies that are at the top of the list for future investment.
From the 2010 State of the CIO survey, the top five management priorities were:
1.    Aligning IT and business goals
2.    Controlling IT costs
3.    IT governance and portfolio management
4.    Business process redesign
5.    Leadership development/staff training (more…)

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Data Integration’s Role in Combinatorial Innovation

About a year ago, I wrote a whitepaper entitled CIO’s Guide to Achieving Information Management Excellence. Back then, the US economy was somewhat shaky but we had no clue as to the impending major shift about to face the global economy. Fast-forward to 2009. According to the March International Monetary Fund (IMF) forecast, global activity is expected to decline by around ½ to 1 percent in 2009. Gartner and IDC also revised their IT spending forecast down to reflect the changes from last year.

So I asked myself, “Do I also need to revisit the paper from the information management perspective?” I sought the counsel of our clients and partners. The answer was, no. The proven practices and methods are still valid, and even more crucial for organizations leading the next chapter of innovation.

There is a greater force at play in IT distinct from the financial restructuring currently taking place. It is the technological maturation making innovation possible for the masses, not just for the elite few. Google’s Chief Economist Hal Varian put it this way: (more…)

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