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Heathrow Airport Security is NOT Lean

This is a Lean Integration story – trust me, it will become clear as the story progresses.

I’ve now passed through London’s Heathrow airport security at least five times in the past year, so that makes me an expert. A common pattern I have observed is when the x-ray scanner notices something “suspicious” (like fluids or creams that should be in a separate clear plastic bag.) Then the nightmare starts. (more…)

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You Don’t Need A World-Class Team To Have A World-Class Competency Center

If your goal is to implement a world class Integration Competency Center (ICC) or COE, the best people you could find to make up the team already work for you. If you don’t currently have technical superstars on your team, you can still have a leading-edge world-class ICC that will “wow” your internal customers every time. You don’t need a world-class team to have a world-class competency center……you need a world-class management system. (more…)

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Data: The Currency of Business Process

If money is the currency of commerce, then data is the currency of business processes. The functions of money in an efficient market are to act as a medium of exchange, a unit of account and a store of value. If you sell your car, you are willing to accept some pieces of paper money (or the electronic equivalent) in exchange because you trust the law and order provided by the legal and financial systems that back it up. Similarly, businesses need data as the currency to facilitate efficient communications across global business processes. A manufacturer is willing to start making things because the distributor’s inventories are running low because the retailer’s sales forecast are increasing because the marketing campaigns are driving increased demand. The players in the value chain (whether inside a company or across organizations) need to trust the data. In short, both money and data require governance(more…)

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Data Governance: How Immature Can You Be?

No organization begins to implement a data governance program from an entirely blank slate; every organization likely has some capabilities to leverage. Determining an organization’s current level of data governance maturity is a useful and necessary first step in developing a customized plan that is both relevant and executable.  So how do you assess your maturity?  Well throw a rock in any direction and you’re likely to hit a software vendor, consulting company or industry analyst that offers a maturity model and assessment tool to support your data management and data governance efforts.  Actually don’t throw rocks, you could hurt somebody.  (Yes, we offer one too – more on that below).  (more…)

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Big Data is Your Data – Are You Ready?

What is big data? Simply put, it’s data that is big, it’s your data when it gets big.  And for most of you, that’s already happened or inevitable. Regardless of how you define big data, a more important question is “Are you ready for big data?”.  Without some careful consideration of your data architecture, when faced with big data challenges you may find yourself writing some big checks as you scramble to address the new demands on your business.  Fortunately not all is lost.  As many Informatica customers have already learned, next generation data integration can help arm you to handle big data without  ripping and replacing your existing data integration architecture.  (more…)

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Top Seven Favorite Quotes From Lean Integration

The Kindle has a nice feature that is virtually impossible with paper books; it combines the highlighted sections of text (in essence an electronic yellow highlight marker) from all readers and identifies the passages with the greatest number. The View Popular Highlights function shows you passages that are meaningful to the greatest number of people. Here are the top seven highlighted quotes from Lean Integration[1] as of the end of 2012. (more…)

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Data Integration Is Now A Business Problem – That’s Good

Since the advent of middleware technology in the mid-1990’s, data integration has been primarily an IT-lead technical problem. Business leaders had their hands full focusing on their individual silos and were happy to delegate the complex task of integrating enterprise data and creating one version of the truth to IT. The problem is that there is now too much data that is highly fragmented across myriad internal systems, customer/supplier systems, cloud applications, mobile devices and automatic sensors. Traditional IT-lead approaches whereby a project is launched involving dozens (or hundreds) of staff to address every new opportunity are just too slow. (more…)

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Is It Time For a New ICC Book?

In a recent visit to a client, three people asked me to autograph their copies of Integration Competency Center: An Implementation Guidebook. David Lyle and I published the book in 2005, but it was clear from the dog-eared corners and book-mark tabs that it is still relevant and actively being used today.  Much has changed in the last seven years including the emergence of Big Data, Data Virtualization, Cloud Integration, Self-Service Business Intelligence, Lean and Agile practices, Data Privacy, Data Archiving (the “death” part of the information life-cycle), and Data Governance.  These areas were not mainstream concerns in 2005 like they are today.  The original ICC (Integration Competency Center) book concepts and advice are still valid in this new context, but the question I’d like readers to comment on is should we write a new book that explicitly provides guidance for these new capabilities in a shared services environment? (more…)

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Seven (More) Tips To Become a Change Agent

In my last blog article, I talked about the challenges associated with changing an organization to establish a sustainable integration strategy, and I outlined the first two change management principles.  Here are seven more of the original nine. (more…)

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Change Leadership

They say people are resistant to change. I disagree. People are resistant to uncertainty. Once people are certain that a change is to their benefit, they will change so fast it will make your head spin. It would be a mistake however to underestimate the challenges of changing an organization from one where integration is a collaboration between two project silos to one where integration is a sustainable strategy with a common infrastructure based on strict standards and shared by everyone. (more…)

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