Topic "Data Integration"

Which Method of Controls Should You Use to Protect Sensitive Data in Databases and Enterprise Applications? Part I

I’m often asked to share my thoughts about protecting sensitive data. The questions that typically come up include: Which types of data should be protected? Which data should be classified as “sensitive?” Where is this sensitive data located? Which groups of users should have access to this data? Because these questions come up frequently, it... more

Integrating Structured Data Into the E-Discovery Process

This blog post initially initially appeared on Exterro and is reblogged here with their consent. As data volumes increase and become more complex, having an integrated e-discovery environment where systems and data sources are automatically synching information and exchanging data with e-discovery applications has become critical for organizations. This is true of unstructured and semi-structured data sources,... more

Business Beware! Corporate IT Is “Fixing” YOUR Data

It is troublesome to me to repeatedly get into conversations with IT managers who want to fix data “for the sake of fixing it”.  While this is presumably increasingly rare, due to my department’s role, we probably see a higher occurrence than the normal software vendor employee.  Given that, please excuse the inflammatory title of... more

Becoming a Revenue Driven Business Model through Data is Painful for Government Agencies

Recently, I presented a Business Value Assessment to a client.  The findings were based on a revenue-generating state government agency. Everyone at the presentation was stunned to find out how much money was left on the table by not basing their activities on transactions, which could be cleanly tied to the participating citizenry and a... more

Data: The Unsung Hero (or Villain) of every Communications Service Provider

Analyzing current business trends helps illustrate how difficult and complex the Communication Service Provider business environment has become. CSPs face many challenges. Clients expect high quality, affordable content that can move between devices with minimum advertising or privacy concerns. To illustrate this phenomenon, here are a few recent examples: Apple is working with Comcast/NBC Universal... more

Business Agility Depends on Data Integration Agility and Your Skills

Over the last 40 years, data has become increasingly distributed.  It used to all sit on storage connected to a mainframe.  It used to be that the application of computing power to solve business problems was limited by the availability of CPU, memory, network and disk.  Those limitations are no longer big inhibitors.  Data fragmentation... more