Tag Archives: 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…)
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…)
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…)
Last month in The Biggest Dirty Little Secret in IT I highlighted a disturbing phenomenon – that in highly data-driven organizations that have large IT departments, as they get larger they become less efficient. In short, diseconomies of scale begin to creep in which slow down processes and drive up costs. The article went on to identify the root cause as a high degree of manual IT processes which don’t scale well. The question I will address in this article is what can we do to tackle the problem, and what is it worth? (more…)
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…)