Enterprise Data Mgmt

April 27, 2017
Business intelligence and data cleaning

The life-changing magic of tidying up your data

If your data is a mess, what are you waiting for? Like many other companies, maybe yours has been ignoring a lot of the things that […]
August 4, 2011

A must to avoid: Worst practices in enterprise data governance

More and more companies are recognizing that they’re accumulating ever-increasing amounts of data but not necessarily gaining business insights from it. The missing link is the […]
July 27, 2011

Business or Technology: Who’s the Boss?

It’s time to stop getting bossed around by technology.  IT groups too often create their list of projects and priorities based on a logical and mainly […]
July 13, 2011

Two key elements to providing data and data integration services

Establishing and operating an Integration Competency Center (ICC)  is clearly an effective approach to breaking down the business, budgetary and political silos within many enterprises. These […]
June 29, 2011

When is ELT the Right Choice?

When I teach data integration concepts in my classes at various corporations or to my students at Northeastern University, one of the topics I address is […]
June 22, 2011

Pros & Cons of ICC Organizational Models

As we discussed in the last post,  the four organizational models most often used to implement ICCs are: best practices, technology standards, shared services and centralized […]
June 15, 2011

ICC Organizational Models

You have the sponsorship and budget, now how do you set up your Integration Competency Center (ICC)? There are several approaches to organizing the role and […]
June 8, 2011

ICC – Sponsorship, Investments & Organizations

Some of my recent posts have discussed how people, politics and projects have established integration silos throughout an enterprise that are costly, inefficient and inhibit the […]
June 1, 2011

Getting Started with an Integration Competency Center (ICC)

In the last several posts we discussed how critical data governance programs are to the success of EDW, MDM, CDI and really any enterprise-wide integration initiatives. […]
May 18, 2011

Getting Down To Business with People and Policies

In the last several posts we discussed how people, policies and products are essential to successful Master Data Management (MDM) and Customer Data Integration (CDI) programs. […]
May 11, 2011

Barriers for Why Enterprise Data Warehouses Have not Been Master Data Management Solutions

last week’s post Master Data Management (MDM) – Going Where the EDW has Gone Before, I discussed the idea that Enterprise Data Warehouses (EDW) have long […]
May 4, 2011

Master Data Management (MDM) – Going Where the Enterprise Data Warehouse has Gone Before

There is a lot of industry buzz on Master Data Management (MDM). It would appear from this chatter that MDM is a new thing. But if […]
April 27, 2011

Customer Data Integration – Separating the Hype from the Reality

There is a lot of buzz in the industry about the emerging class of customer data integration software that businesses are using to gain a single […]
April 20, 2011

Customer Data Integration (CDI) – for a single view of your customer

How profitable are your customers? What have they purchased lately? Are there opportunities to up-sell and cross-sell to them? You and everyone else in your organization […]
April 13, 2011

Data lineage – where did that data come from? (data auditability and traceability)

The word “pedigree” brings up visions of race horses and show dogs. But it should also make you think about your data. Your data has a […]
April 6, 2011

Automate Data Remediation to Find Dirty Data Before Your Customers Do

I teach a graduate course on data warehousing at Northeastern University in Boston. Unlike the people I teach at clients’ sites or at conferences such as […]
March 30, 2011

Dirty Data: Embarrassing, Expensive, Avoidable

I recently experienced a data-quality problem first-hand while on the phone with the company that books my family a condo for our annual ski vacation. They […]
March 23, 2011

Enterprise Data Management Fitness – Look Before You Leap

The initial phase of a project should be an assessment. A classic systems integrators’ project methodology will include this phase and a sign-off on its competition […]
March 16, 2011

The ROI of Enterprise Data Management

I recently went on a skiing trip with my family. A trip like this isn’t cheap, but the ROI for us is high: awesome skiing conditions, […]
March 9, 2011

The “Force-Field” of Data Governance

Both of my sons loved Star Wars when they were small. If they weren’t watching the movies, they were reading the books, building the Lego sets […]
March 2, 2011

Enterprise Data Management – Not Just for Finance

When we discuss Enterprise Data Management (EDM) we’re almost always talking about how it applies to finance. It’s no wonder. Finance is where EDM has made […]
February 23, 2011

The Enterprise Approach to Data – Better than a Sleeping Pill

Do you know where your financial data was last night? Sure, you know the operational and financial systems that it was in, but who else played […]
February 17, 2011

Good Data: The CFO’s Ultimate Challenge

  Consistent, correct data. That doesn’t sound too complicated, does it? But actually, one of the most daunting challenges facing CFOs and their staffs today is […]
October 8, 2010

The value of a unified platform for data management

Tuesday, Oct. 12 @ 4 ET I'll be speaking on The Briefing Room about the value of a unified platform for data management. I'll be discussing: […]
December 1, 2008

Data is the Problem, not Excel

It’s funny that Forrester’s Boris Evelson recently received a slew of comments from data warehousing and business intelligence pros wondering why they hadn’t included an evaluation […]
November 25, 2008

Upgrading your data integration efforts to enable Business Intelligence (BI) 2.0

People have been using the term “business intelligence 2.0” for a few years, but it’s described in different ways. In Business Intelligence 2.0: Simpler, More Accessible, […]
October 7, 2008

Master Data Management: Engineering or Product Design Firms

Maintaining product lists is often cited as a great example of Master Data Management (MDM). Many companies that manufacture or sell products need to get a […]
September 30, 2008

HealthCare Improvements Through Master Data Management

Healthcare is one of the last industries where you hear the term MDM (Master Data Management) mentioned. Most IT industry analysts, software firms and consulting organizations […]
September 25, 2008

Business Intelligence Strategies in a Down Economy

There is a lot of worry on Wall Street and Main Street these days. Are we in a mild or severe recession? Is it the next […]
August 21, 2008

Separate the Forest from the Trees with Enterprise Data Management

The “single version of the truth.” How many times have you seen that catchphrase in presentations by industry analysts, vendors, consultants or even your own IT […]
February 27, 2008

“IT’s Wonderful Life” – Yes, IT is

Tom Davenport has a great post “IT’s Wonderful Life”  in his interesting “The Next Big Thing” blog. With the backdrop of the holiday season and the […]
February 13, 2008

Your 2008 Data Integration Plans, Part 5:Adding Real-Time Business Intelligence to your Information Portfolio

There are two things I hate in discussions about real-time business intelligence.  First, pundits cite great examples of the business need for real-time BI, but then […]
January 29, 2008

It’s the data (integration) that enables BI

Ben Worthen in his Wall Street Journal “Business Technology” blog “The Death of Gut Instinct” discusses how: “For the third year in a row, CIOs (surveyed […]
January 28, 2008

The Disconnect with Data Integration and SOA

Many companies are building Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) initiatives apart from data integration projects. Since information is one of the key ingredients to creating business value […]
January 21, 2008

MDM is not a product

Rob Karel, Forrester Research, Inc. (FORR), wrote an interesting year-end review of his 2007 Master Data Management (MDM) forecasts in the Forrester Information Management blog on […]