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To Determine The Business Value of Data, Don’t Talk About Data

The title of this article may seem counterintuitive, but the reality is that the business doesn’t care about data.  They care about their business processes and outcomes that generate real value for the organization. All IT professionals know there is huge value in quality data and in having it integrated and consistent across the enterprise.  The challenge is how to prove the business value of data if the business doesn’t care about it. (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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Stop The Hand-Coding Madness!

For some of you “old timers” in the IT industry, you will remember the days when we used to hand-code our own Database Management Systems. Of course today we just go out and buy a general purpose DBMS like MySQL, Oracle, dBASE, or IBM DB2 to name a few. Or, if we wind the clock back further, there was a time when we used to write our own operating systems. Today it comes with the hardware or we can buy an OS like UNIX,  iOS, Linux, OS X, Windows, and IBM z/OS. And I can still remember hand-coding network protocols in the days before TCP/IP became ubiquitous.  Today we select from UDP, HTTP, POP3, FTP, IMAP, RMI, SOAP and others. (more…)

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Four Key Metrics To Hold Outsourced Suppliers Accountable

Whether you are establishing a new outsourced delivery model for your integration services or getting ready for the next round of contract negotiations with your existing supplier, you need a way to hold the supplier accountable – especially when it is an exclusive arrangement. Here are four key metrics that should be included in the multi-year agreement. (more…)

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From RASP to Agile

If you have been following publications in the Potential at Work Community or any number of Linkedin discussions such this one on the DrJJ group (a think-tank for information management best practices), you will have noticed the Agile methodology topic come up time and time again. For instance, check out the article Architect Your Way From Sluggish to Speed or the video Focus on Agility Adaptability.  It hasn’t always been this way. For many years the architectural focus was on RASP.

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Dear Business: Please Stop Changing Requirements

So might read the subject line in a memo to business users from IT staff responsible for implementing a new application system.  Changing requirements in a project is one of the most frustrating (for both business and IT staff) and time-consuming activities in a large project; so much so that sometimes it is the cause of massive project delays or even cancellation. But there is something wrong with the subject line; it presumes that the business users are to blame.  They are not. Let’s explore the real root causes and the solutions to them. (more…)

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Get Your Data Butt Off The Couch and Move It

Data is everywhere.  It’s in databases and applications spread across your enterprise.  It’s in the hands of your customers and partners.  It’s in cloud applications and cloud servers.  It’s on spreadsheets and documents on your employee’s laptops and tablets.  It’s in smartphones, sensors and GPS devices.  It’s in the blogosphere, the twittersphere and your friends’ Facebook timelines. (more…)

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Posted in Application ILM, B2B, Big Data, Cloud Computing, Complex Event Processing, Data Governance, Data Integration, Data Migration, Data Quality, Data Services, Data Transformation, Data Warehousing, Enterprise Data Management, Integration Competency Centers | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

There Is A Silver Bullet – Really!

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…)

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Posted in Banking & Capital Markets, Business Impact / Benefits, CIO, Data Integration, Data Integration Platform, Enterprise Data Management, Integration Competency Centers | Tagged , , | 2 Comments

The Biggest Application Is Not What You Think It Is

If you are asked “what is the biggest application in your organization”, what would you say? If you’re in banking you might say it’s the Hogan deposit system. If you’re in Telecom maybe it’s the Amdocs Customer Care and Billing system. If you’re in retail, you might say the Retek Merchandizing system. If you are a manufacturer, it might be your SAP ERP system. The list goes on, but you get the point. The prevailing perception is that the core business application of whatever industry you are in is the biggest application. But this is a case where perception is not reality. (more…)

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The Biggest Dirty Little Secret in IT

I’ll get to the secret in just a minute, but first an observation about the cost of IT. Forrester has been conducting a cost of IT study for many years with the most recent results published in the 2013 IT Budget Planning Guide for CIOs. The report includes a chart of total IT spending as a percent of revenue by industry and company size. Cost as a percentage of revenue is a key performance indicator for IT efficiency as organizations increase in size. I first noticed a peculiarity in the data in the 2007 study and I was wondering if it had changed over the years – it hasn’t. The observation is this; for many industries, the cost of IT as a percent of revenue increases as organizations get larger. What is going on here? Whatever happened to “economies of scale?” Instead we seem to have “diseconomies of scale!” (more…)

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