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Archive for October, 2009

by: Bsomich
30  Oct  2009

Weekly IM Update.

 
 
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Business Solution Offerings 

MIKE2.0 Business Solutions provide recommendations for solving a number of business problems for which information management is critical to success.

MIKE2.0 solutions include:

Feel free to check them out when you have a moment- your comments are much appreciated! 

Sincerely,

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This Week’s Food for Thought:

The Evolution of the Data Warehouse Data Model   

When Ralph Kimball wrote “The Data Warehouse Toolkit” (published 1996) it defined Dimensional Modelling in a way that immediately demanded attention by data warehouse practitioners worldwide. The book and the techniques it described were not new and were common to the approach we had used for the better part of a decade.  However, what the book did do that was a foundational way to describe the approach in a consistent and considered with a terminology that could be used by everyone.

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New Blog Post: Linking Information Systems to Business Performance.

The lack of understanding of the relationship between process and platform is a key contributor to the extreme spending on information management systems and technology in organizations today.  Many managers are quick to adopt a technology to solve their organizational needs without clearly understanding the underlying business process beforehand.  It is often seen that these systems are installed and cannot accomodate the current workflow.  For example, they can create new processes, but not faciliate existing ones. 

What advice can you offer on the alignment of information systems and process to achieve business performance?
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by: Bsomich
29  Oct  2009

Linking Information Systems to Business Performance.

The lack of understanding of the relationship between process and platform is a key contributor to the extreme spending on information management systems and technology in organizations today.  Many managers are quick to adopt a technology to solve their organizational needs without clearly understanding the underlying business process beforehand.  It is often seen that these systems are installed and cannot accomodate the current workflow.  For example, they can create new processes, but not faciliate existing ones. 

What advice can you offer on the alignment of information systems and process to achieve business performance?

Category: Information Development
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by: Bsomich
29  Oct  2009

Community Feedback Request

MIKE2.0 aims to enhance and facilitate IM knowledge sharing within our community and is working hard to ensure the best experience for our members. What is the area you feel we can most improve on?

Increasing Networking Capabilities with other Members
Adding More Timely Information
Increasing Cross-Platform Usability (via Blog Mashups, RSS)
Improving Site Navigation
Simplifying the Layout and/or Appearance
Nothing, MIKE2.0 is great.
Other suggestions?

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by: Robert.hillard
28  Oct  2009

The evolution of the data warehouse data model

When Ralph Kimball wrote “The Data Warehouse Toolkit” (published 1996) it defined Dimensional Modelling in a way that immediately demanded attention by data warehouse practitioners worldwide. The book and the techniques it described were not new and were common the approach we had used for the better part of a decade, what the book did do that was foundational was to describe the approach in a consistent and considered with a terminology that could be used by everyone.

There are many similar challenges that data warehouse designers face on every project. For instance two challenges we are often called upon to decide how to handle changes to source system models and the proper handling of changes to reference and master data.

The former is usually handled by splitting logical entities when creating physical tables separating attributes and relationships that have a higher probability of changing. The latter is commonly handled in one of three ways. Method one sees non volatile and volatile attributes are split into two tables (with a one to many relationship) Method two has the current attribute values are held in one table with changes over time maintained in a second table (again one to many). Finally, method three has changes across a number of concepts tracked in an audit table which is only intended for forensic purposes.

On recent data warehouse projects, we are using a variant of method one that has been formalised as “The Data Vault”.  The Data Vault techniques put forward by Dan Linstedt formalises both of these issues and makes sensible design recommendations. In particular, it adopts an approach using “hub”, “link” and “satellite” tables.

Originally, Linstedt attempted to patent these concepts, but this application was rejected and he has now adopted a free approach and is promoting his concepts through books, training and his web site: http://www.danlinstedt.com/

Category: Business Intelligence, Enterprise Data Management
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by: Bsomich
20  Oct  2009

What Does Effective Information Management Mean to You?

We all strive for it, but effective Information Management can mean different things to different organizations.   For example, many IM experts believe that there should be a central owner of company information, while others argue it should be equally shared among departments.  Do you agree?  In your opinion, what are the characteristics of an ideal IM structure?

Category: Information Development
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by: Sean.mcclowry
19  Oct  2009

Collaborative Governance

Over the past few years I’ve talked quite a bit about collaborative governance (or governance 2.0). I’m starting to see this more often in organizations as ways to improve communications, measurement, solution techniques and accountability. The conceptual architecture of a system to support this approach is shown below:

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Illustrative User Story: Data management change control
The user in this case are reporting analysts responsible for developing and running crucial analysis for the capital markets group.
In the current environment, users of downstream analytical and reporting systems often face issues due to changes in upstream systems of record In the new environment, better communications and use of the metadata repository will have help prevent data change control issues.

1. Once an issue is found, data stewards communicate with the business and technical teams to resolve it. Communications are available in a discussion system for others to find.

2. Clear business reporting makes it easy for data stewards and business leaders to see when issues have occurred and their impacts

3. The Data Quality system flags the error, which triggers a workflow request for a Data Stewardship process

4. Responsible data stewards receive the notification and address the issue

5., Issues are logged in a defect management system and is tracked by data stewards

Category: Enterprise2.0, Information Governance
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by: Bsomich
16  Oct  2009

MIKE2.0 October Community Update.

 
 
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Did You Know?

MIKE’s Integrated Content Repository brings together the open assets from the MIKE2.0 Methodology, shared assets available on the internet and internally held assets. The Integrated Content Repository is a virtual hub of assets that can be used by an Information Management community, some of which are publicly available and some of which are held internally.

Any organisation can follow the same approach and integrate their internally held assets to the open standard provided by MIKE2.0 in order to:

  • Build community
  • Create a common standard for Information Development
  • Share leading intellectual property
  • Promote a comprehensive and compelling set of offerings
  • Collaborate with the business units to integrate messaging and coordinate sales activities
  • Reduce costs through reuse and improve quality through known assets

The Integrated Content Repository is a true Enterprise 2.0 solution: it makes use of the collaborative, user-driven content built using Web 2.0 techniques and technologies on the MIKE2.0 site and incorporates it internally into the enterprise. The approach followed to build this repository is referred to as a mashup.

Feel free to try it out when you have a moment- we’re always open to new content! 

Sincerely,

MIKE2.0 Community  

 
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This Week’s Food for Thought:

How to Build an Effective Data Warehouse  

Within the past 20 years, companies have accumulated multitudes of data from their operations- data that gives them insight into process efficiencies, consumer preferences, product effectiveness, etc.   According to popular belief, this information is said to double every 18 months.  The problem here is not a lack of abundance, it is that the available data is not readily usable for strategic decision making.  It needs compiled, harvested and manipulated with the ability to be reported on in a minutes notice for a manager to make  an informed decision.  The question for many IT departments is, how do we do this? 

What are some techniques that you’ve used in the past that have enabled your company to build and maintain an effective data warehouse?  What are some obstacles we should avoid?

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New Podcast: Web Data Services Expand Beyond the RDB-BI Straightjacket.  

As enterprises seek to gain better insights into their markets, processes, and business development opportunities, they face a daunting challenge — how to identify, gather, cleanse, and manage all of the relevant data and content being generated across the Web. 

Listen to the podcast.

Can IT Lead the US Out of the Recession? 

Aneesh Chopra, federal chief techology officer and assistant director for technology at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy sees a great opportunity for CIOs and the tech industry in general to help lead the country out of the recession and deliver on some of the federal government’s most pressing IT priorities.

 
 



 

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by: Bsomich
15  Oct  2009

How to Build an Effective Data Warehouse.

Within the past 20 years, companies have accumulated multitudes of data from their operations- data that gives them insight into process efficiencies, consumer preferences, product effectiveness, etc.   According to popular belief, this information is said to double every 18 months.  The problem here is not a lack of abundance, it is that the available data is not readily usable for strategic decision making.  It needs compiled, harvested and manipulated with the ability to be reported on in a minutes notice for a manager to make  an informed decision.  The question for many IT departments is, how do we do this? 

What are some techniques that you’ve used in the past that have enabled your company to build and maintain an effective data warehouse?  What are some obstacles we should avoid?

Category: Information Development
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by: Bsomich
09  Oct  2009

IT Resources, Community Updates & More.‏

 
 
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Did You Know?

MIKE2.0′s Open Source Solution Offerings are used to implement solutions to information management problems, solely through the use of Open Source technologies.

The MIKE2.0 Methodology plans to evolve to include:

  • An Open Source Maturity Model, using Technology Selection QuickScan as a starting point
  • A definition of an Open Source version of the SAFE Architecture bringing together multiple Open Source components
  • Open Sourcing of some of MIKE2.0 Tools, such as IM QuickScan
  • Assessments of Open Source Data Management projects from communities such as SourceForge and Eclipse
  • Detailed design and code Supporting Assets that are all Open Source
  • Drive development of new Open Source technologies in the data management space, through the through end-to-end lifecycle of creating these products.
  • An Open Source Collaboration Forum to harness ideas about realising the open source value proposition across industries.

Feel free to check us out when you have a moment- we’re always open to new ideas. 

Sincerely,

MIKE2.0 Community  

 
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This Week’s Food for Thought:

Five Trends Changing the Face of Business Intelligence  

While business intelligence (BI) has evolved since the days of “green bar” reports, the industry still has a long way to go to offer companies business information that can be translated into actionable steps that drive business results, says Joe Bugajski, senior analyst in business intelligence for the Midvale, Utah-based Burton Group. 

Predictive analytics, agile development, user-centric business intelligence and improvements in visualization are giving new life to this mature technology.

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New Blog Discussion: Rethinking Information Architecture.  

How can we keep up in a world where social media is the new way to hang out with friends, the iPhone has replaced reading or writing on paper, and Google is eliminating the need to read printed information?

These are some great questions that business managers should ask of themselves.  Many are still struggling to make the transition from paper to digital information processing, let alone be able to make use of the wealth of data available through Web2.0. 

Do you have any advice for companies wanting to build an information architecture that can accomodate our newly connected world?  Is this feat even possible? 

Thoughts or feedback?

Must Read Fall Books for IT Executives 

Great resource for IT professionals looking to further their education. 

 

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by: Bsomich
06  Oct  2009

Rethinking Information Architecture.

How can we keep up in a world where Facebook is the new way to hang out with friends, the iPhone has replaced reading or writing on paper, and Google adsense is almost eliminating the need to read printed information?

These are some great questions that business managers should ask of themselves.  Many are still struggling to make the transition from paper to digital information processing, let alone be able to make use of the wealth of data available through Web2.0. 

Do you have any advice for companies wanting to build an information architecture that can accomodate our newly connected world?  Is this feat even possible?

Category: Information Development
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