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Archive for November, 2009

by: Bsomich
28  Nov  2009

Weekly IM Update

 
 
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SAFE Architecture and the MIKE2.0 Methodology

Any sizeable change in a large organisation is difficult. Reducing complexity and simplifying decisions while still accounting for unspecified requirements in the key to a strong and lasting solution design. The approach of the MIKE2.0 Methodology is to drive solutions development through an Architecture Framework known as SAFE. This architecture helps align projects to a target vision for the future and helps take the complexity out of the myriad of vendor choices around integration and information management.

The MIKE2.0 methodology is defined through a set of Phases, Activities and Tasks that are used to deliver the overall project lifecycle. The SAFE Architecture provides reusable templates for projects with further detail around specific problems.

The definition and realisation of the SAFE Architecture takes places at multiple points throughout the MIKE2.0 Methodology and is a 2-phased approach that is aligned most closely for a vendor selection and implementation process across a large organisation. It can be, however, by applied for any organisation of any size.

Feel free to check out our SAFE Architecture approach when you have a moment- and, as always, your contributions would be much appreciated! 

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This Week’s Food for Thought:

Panel Discussion: Is Semantic Technology Real?   

Semantic technology is all the rage, sometimes even dubbed “Web 3.0.” However, many people—especially those making technology decisions for enterprises—wonder whether semantic technology has meaningful applications in the enterprise. Based on hands-on experience working with semantic tools, this panel of experts will establish the boundaries between reality and hype and help you understand what enterprises can gain from semantic technology in the here and now.

Complete post and comments here.
Overcoming the Limitations of Data Warehousing.  

Managers today are faced with extreme pressure to make better business decisions with more obstacles, less time and greater transparency.  Still, many are  relying on data warehouses that are overly cumbersome and difficult to change.  To better meet the employee and client’s ever-changing needs, information managers need to rethink some aspects of their business intelligence architectures and enable them to provide new levels of integration and responsiveness.

In your opinion, what are the top factors that have contributed to the rigidity and complexity of data warehouses today?  Do you have any advice for IM professionals on how to overcome these limitations?

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The Benefits of a Content Repository

Web Content Repositories are more than just plain old relational databases. In fact, the requirements that arise when managing web content have led to a class of content repository implementations that are comparable on a conceptual level.

While in some cases the terminology might be different, many of the underlying ideas are identical.  This post by Henri Bergius and Michael Marth of the IKS Project community explains the benefits of and differences between content repositories.
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by: Bsomich
25  Nov  2009

Overcoming the Limitations of Data Warehousing.

Managers today are faced with extreme pressure to make better business decisions with more obstacles, less time and greater transparency.  Still, many are  relying on data warehouses that are overly cumbersome and difficult to change.  To better meet the employee and client’s ever-changing needs, information managers need to rethink some aspects of their business intelligence architectures and enable them to provide new levels of integration and responsiveness.

In your opinion, what are the top factors that have contributed to the rigidity and complexity of data warehouses today?  Do you have any advice for IM professionals on how to overcome these limitations?

Category: Information Development
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by: Bsomich
24  Nov  2009

Profile Spotlight: Stephen Mills

steve_millsStephen Mills

Stephen is a Senior Managing Consultant for IBM Global Business Services. He has over a decade of experience in the Business Intelligence and Information Management arena.

Stephen is part of IBM’s UK Business Intelligence leadership team and for the last two years has led the charge on the Information on Demand initiative in Northern Europe.

Stephen has worked in a number of industries, including financial markets, insurance, banking, telecommunications, media, government, and retail. His heritage is data integration and migration using tools such as Ab Initio, Informatica and Datastage.

Stephen not only knows how to successfully shape and implement a Business Intelligence / Information Management solution but also ensures that the business obtain the benefit from their investment.

 

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Category: Information Development, Member Profiles
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by: Bsomich
21  Nov  2009

Weekly IM Update.

 
 
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Foundational Business Solutions 

MIKE2.0′s Foundational Solutions are “background” solutions that support to Core Solution Offerings of the MIKE2.0 Methodology. Foundational Solutions include:

Some Foundational Solutions are also go-to-market offerings. These include:

Foundational Solutions are the lowest-assets assets within MIKE2.0 that are comprehensive in nature. They may tie together multiple Supporting Assets and are referenced from the Overall Implementation Guide and other Solution Offerings.

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

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This Week’s Food for Thought:

Thoughts on Decision Support Systems

An old name for Business Intelligence used to be “Decision Support Systems”. This put me thinking: as IM practitioners, we should consider going beyond classical  ”decision theory” and examine modern developments in fields such as behavioral economics.

What do I mean by this? Classical decisions theory presupposes the “rational actor” who will engage in analytical reasoning and come up with the best course of action. However, Nobel-prize winning research by Daniel Kahneman amongst others has clearly demonstrated that even the smartest of us rely on intuitive shortcuts known as cognitive or heuristic biases.

Complete post and comments here.
8 Things to Remember About e-Discovery 

1. Have a Governance Model to control the eDiscovery process centrally.

Without an approved governance model, eDiscovery will be prone to failures associated with:

 

  • Ill-defined roles and responsibilities, resulting in everyone doing everything and/or no one doing anything
  • Inability to properly monitor the success of or adherence to policy and processes
  • Inability to measure the effectiveness of policies and processes
  • Inability to track the costs/benefits and properly budget for ongoing operational activities
  • Inability to ensure that the eDiscovery strategy continues to align with business strategies  

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How Can We Overcome an Era of “Information Overload?”

Information is a key asset for every organisation, yet due to the rise of technology, web2.0 and a general over abundance of raw data, many businesses are not equipped to make sense of it all. 

How can managers overcome an age of “information overload” and begin to concentrate on the data that is most meaningful for the business?
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by: Bsomich
17  Nov  2009

How Can We Overcome an Era of “Information Overload?”

Information is a key asset for every organisation, yet due to the rise of technology, web2.0 and a general over abundance of raw data, many businesses are not equipped to make sense of it all. 

How can managers overcome an age of “information overload” and begin to concentrate on the data that is most meaningful for the business?

Category: Information Development
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by: Bsomich
17  Nov  2009

Profile Spotlight: Charles Blyth

cbprofilesmallCharles Blyth

Charles Blyth is an accomplished business leader, equipped with a commanding track record in driving real and measurable improvements to performance. 

He draws on over 12 years experience in Business Intelligence and Master Data Management, allied to a clear understanding of real-world objectives and effective dialogue with key people.  He possesses key experience in assembling and inspiring large teams including managing consultants and deciding their input. 

Blyth is confident and effective, orchestrating projects with budgets of £2.5m+, and expert in building the business case for investment and strategic change.  He is equally successful launching new initiatives or turning around troubled projects, achieving swift, high-level results which leave lasting benefits.

Connect with Charles Blyth on LinkedIn

Read his blog: http://www.mdmblog.charlesblyth.co.uk/

Category: Information Development, Member Profiles
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by: Bsomich
14  Nov  2009

Weekly IM Community Update.

 
 
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Collaborating with MIKE2.0

MIKE2.0 has a number of collaboration tools, making it easy for you to contribute your knowledge to our IM community:  

  • A Wiki to collaboratively create and share content (based on MediaWiki which powers Wikipedia, the world’s largest Wiki).
  • A Blogs to publish individual or group-based information (based on WordPress, the world’s most popular blogging platform).
  • Forums to support questions and answers (Q&A) on IM topics (based on phpBB, the most widely used open source forums solution).
  • Search for users to discover content across federated repositories.
  • Rich User Interface with advanced navigational components, an integrated skin and single sign on to provide common look and feel across the platform.

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

Sincerely,

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This Week’s Food for Thought:

What is the Most Important Aspect of your BI Strategy? 

Year after year, business intelligence (BI) is a top priority for organizations, and almost every company invests in some form of BI initiative.  While the decision to pursue a business intelligence project is often easy, the deeper question is, how can we achieve success in our endeavor?

Gartner identifies 3 main components of a well established BI strategy:

WHO: Describes who in the organization will have which roles in building and consuming the BI initiatives. This includes defining organizational and individual roles and combines the IT and business managers together.

WHAT: Describes the role of BI within an organization. What is the company trying to achieve with the BI program?

HOW: Describes the plan of how to achieve those objectives.

Do you agree?  What do you feel is the most important aspect of your BI strategy?

View and share comments here.
Does Your Business Suffer from a Data Quality Reality Gap? 

Are your data and system owners confident about the quality of their data or do they base their judgement on a combination of anecdotal evidence and finger in the air measurement?

If you are ignoring the quality of data that lies beneath the surface and are simply relying on what is staring you in the face, chances are you’re facing a data quality reality gap.

This article by Dylan Jones explores a real life example of a data quality gap and what it could mean to the financial, operational and strategic health of your business.

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by: Bsomich
12  Nov  2009

Profile Spotlight: Jim Harris

jim20harris20small20photoJim Harris

Jim Harris is the Blogger-in-Chief at Obsessive-Compulsive Data Quality (OCDQ), an independent blog offering a vendor-neutral perspective on data quality.

Harris is an independent consultant, speaker, writer and blogger with over 15 years of professional services and application development experience in data quality (DQ), data integration, data warehousing (DW), business intelligence (BI), customer data integration (CDI), and master data management (MDM).  He has worked with Global 500 companies in finance, brokerage, banking, insurance, healthcare, pharmaceuticals, manufacturing, retail, telecommunications, and utilities.

Jim has a long history with the product that is now known as IBM InfoSphere QualityStage.  Additionally, he has some experience with Informatica Data Quality and DataFlux dfPower Studio.

Harris is a member of the International Association for Information and Data Quality (IAIDQ) and the Iowa Chapter of Data Management Association International (DAMA).

Connect with Jim.

Category: Information Development
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by: Bsomich
11  Nov  2009

What is the Most Important Aspect of your BI Strategy?

Year after year, business intelligence (BI) is a top priority for organizations, and almost every company invests in some form of BI initiative.  While the decision to pursue a business intelligence project is often easy, the deeper question is, how can we achieve success in our endeavor?

Gartner identifies 3 main components of a well established BI strategy:

WHO: Describes who in the organization will have which roles in building and consuming the BI initiatives. This includes defining organizational and individual roles and combines the IT and business managers together.

WHAT: Describes the role of BI within an organization. What is the company trying to achieve with the BI program?

HOW: Describes the plan of how to achieve those objectives.

Do you agree?  What do you feel is the most important aspect of your BI strategy?

Category: Information Development
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by: Bsomich
07  Nov  2009

Weekly IM Update.

 
 
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MIKE2.0 Supporting Assets

MIKE2.0 Supporting Assets are reusable building blocks that provide detail to compliment the overall methodology. Many of the activities within the MIKE2.0 Methodology have sample assets that can be referred to during the implementation process. There are a number of different types of Supporting Assets:

  • Deliverable Templates are framework documents that can be used on any project implementation. Unlike Tools and Technique Papers which are focused on process, Deliverable Templates provide a document structure that defines the output of an activity and its tasks.
  • Capability Statements are overview presentations, selling messages, client cases studies and vendor case studies related to the MIKE2.0 Methodology. They encourage users to take a MIKE2.0 approach.
  • Software Assets on the open MIKE2.0 site are open-source software artifacts that can be used as part of the overall methodology. Users of the MIKE2.0 Methodology may also wish to house private software assets mapped into the overall organising framework provided by MIKE2.0. Vendors can also map in their product sets into MIKE2.0 through MIKE2.0 Vendor Solutions.
  • Project Examples are example deliverables (both document and software-based) that have been used in Information Development implementations and can help provide guidance for project implementations.

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

Sincerely,

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This Week’s Food for Thought:

The Future of Business Intelligence in Healthcare  

The most striking thing about the healthcare industry is that there is no shortage of data. It seems like there is a record for just about everything. What’s been missing is any meaningful attempt to organize that data inside a useful set of applications.

One of the more significant developments in the intelligent use of IT to help rein in costs kicked off this week in the form a new Web site that allows patients to compare pricing for healthcare services delivered by doctors in their healthcare network and those outside the network.

View complete article by Michael Vizard
New Blog Post: Implementing Enterprise Applications: To Customize or Not to Customize? 

Many organizations, both large and small, rely on enterprise application software (EAS) to facilitate their day-to-day business operations.  When it comes to implementing EAS, programming specialists are often torn between customizing the application to their organization’s business process vs. using the standard, “canned” process provided by the application vendor.  Both have their benefits: Typically, canned processes are easier and less costly to implement, whereas customized processes are more complex and resource-reliant (yet provide more efficient and streamlined operations).  The decision to customize or not is often based on the resources and technical “know-how” of the firm, and often leads to poor application implementations that do not meet the needs of the business as a whole. 

How would you advise business managers to deal with EAS customization decisions when cost and resources are a factor?

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