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Archive for March, 2010

by: Bsomich
30  Mar  2010

Profile Spotlight: Prashanth Maruthur Chakrapani

Prashanth is a seasoned data-warehousing consultant from Knoxville, TN.  He has a keen an interest in Data Quality and is actively involved in Data analysis, modeling and integration related activities.

Chakrapani is currently an ETL Developer at Scripps Networks.  Priot to working for Scripps, he was a Data Analyst at Deere & Company. 

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by: Robert.hillard
29  Mar  2010

Is XBRL finally the next big thing?

During the 1980s I remember reading for many years in a row that networks were going to be the next big thing.  So much so, that it became easy to become cynical about their potential.  Similarly, many people (including myself) have been talking about XBRL for far too many years, but maybe, just maybe it is starting to come of age.

XBRL (or eXtensible Business Reporting Language to the uninitiated) is a standardised way of communicating business information such as financial statements, regulatory submissions and internal reports.  By using a standard language, you get all of the benefits of any information standard.  The benefits include the interoperability of software, transparency of business rules, simplicity of data aggregation and simplified analysis.  The requirement to learn a new language and the lack of supporting software has, to-date, put many businesses off.

While there have been a number of trials, including most famously the SEC in the United States, I think it is worthwhile to take a few minutes to look at the latest initiative from the Australian Government: Standard Business Reporting (www.sbr.gov.au).  The new SBR website is slick (at least for a government site!) and explains the benefits and initiative well.  It will be exciting to see whether SBR achieves its aims to change business reporting in Australia.

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by: Bsomich
27  Mar  2010

Weekly IM Update.

 
 
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This Week’s Food for Thought:

Cisco’s Top Ten Collaboration Trends for 2010
Cisco’s Barry O’Sullivan has provided a cautiously optimistic view of prospects for collaboration markets in the coming year based on signs of new investment energy that emerged over the course of 2009.
IT in Canada is pleased to present Barry’s views on convergence in collaboration suites, growth in video and intercompany collaboration, the coming proliferation of new communications devices, and market acceleration in new regional economies that are looking to “leap frog” through use of new productivity tools – among other topics.
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Do you include Governance in your Enterprise 2.0 projects?  

Ross Dawson writes a great post outlining 6 steps to help make your enterprise 2.0 projects a success.  He touches on the importance of governance being at the heart of your project. 
While most people think of governance as risk containment and setting limits on data sharing, Dawson argues that it is more importantly an enabler of innovation.  Governance provides “parameters, guidelines and policies that address risks, and allow the greatest possible scope for experimentation and value creation.”
Governance is a foundational aspect of our project at MIKE2.0 and provides a comprehensive approach to increasing competency in how information is managed across organizations. 
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Maslow’s Hierarchy of Enterprise 2.0 ROI

You may be familiar with Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. It’s a theory Abraham Maslow proposed in 1943, that provides a pecking order of human needs. At the bottom of the pyramid are physiological needs: breathing, food water, etc. The fundamentals needed for basic survival. The needs then climb the pyramid, becoming more intangible as one goes along: safety, love/belonging, esteem, self-actualization.The theory’s structure of moving from tangible/tactical needs to those that are intangible and more impactful is actually well suited for another purpose. That of the software decision-maker inside companies

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by: Bsomich
25  Mar  2010

Do you include Governance in your Enterprise 2.0 projects?

Ross Dawson writes a great post outlining 6 steps to help make your enterprise 2.0 projects a success.  He touches on the importance of governance being at the heart of your project. 

While most people think of governance as risk containment and setting limits on data sharing, Dawson argues that it is more importantly an enabler of innovation.  Governance provides “parameters, guidelines and policies that address risks, and allow the greatest possible scope for experimentation and value creation.”

Governance is a foundational aspect of our project at MIKE2.0 and provides a comprehensive approach to increasing competency in how information is managed across organizations.

Have you implemented any recent projects that employed a strategy around governance?  Please share with us.

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by: Mkbergman
24  Mar  2010

Collaborating on Images

MIKE2.0 and its collaboration framework, omCollab, have a roadmap for future development. Collaborating on images is planned to be incorporated by ver. 1.5.

Some first attempts and guidance using SVGs (scalable vector graphics) are now described on the wiki. Check out Collaborating on Images and see if these first tools and attempts might meet your needs for jointly working on figures and images.

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by: Bsomich
23  Mar  2010

Weekly IM Update.

 
 
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Getting Serious with Semantics  

An open semantic enterprise is an organization that uses the languages and standards of the semantic Web, including RDF, RDFS, OWL, SPARQL and others to integrate existing information assets, using the best practices of linked data and the open world assumption, and targeting knowledge management applications.

The natural scope of the open semantic enterprise is in knowledge management and representation. Suitable applications include data federation, data warehousing, search, enterprise information integration, business intelligence, competitive intelligence, knowledge representation, etc. There are seven guiding principles for the open semantic enterprise:

  • RDF
  • Linked Data
  • Open World Mindset
  • Layered Approach
  • Web-oriented Architecture
  • Ontology-driven Apps
  • Adaptive Ontologies

Embracing these principles of the open semantic enterprise can bring these knowledge management benefits:

  • Domains can be analyzed and inspected incrementally
  • Schema can be incomplete and developed and refined incrementally
  • The data and the structures within these frameworks can be used and expressed in a piecemeal or incomplete manner
  • Data with partial characterizations can be combined with other data having complete characterizations
  • Systems built with these frameworks are flexible and robust; as new information or structure is gained, it can be incorporated without negating the information already resident, and
  • Both open and closed world subsystems can be bridged.

Moreover, by building on successful Web architectures, the enterprise can put in place loosely coupled, distributed systems that can grow and interoperate in a decentralized manner. The potential benefits can be summarized as greater insight with lower risk, lower cost, faster deployment, and more agile responsiveness.

We’re currently expanding this offering on MIKE2.0.  Your feedback and suggestions are much appreciated.

Sincerely,

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This Week’s Food for Thought:

How Google Thrives on Agile Development

Often times, large, bureaucratic organizations get too caught up in the process. All thinking and no action leads to nowhere. Agile development is about innovating on a dime. For industry leaders, it means focusing on product development and implementation over strategy.

Google thrives on agile development. The search giant is a strong proponent of alpha and beta testing. First, Google builds a framework, then releases it to a team of outside developers who provide feedback and refine the product before it hits the beta testing phase. After the developers finish building a strong framework, the product is then released on an invitation basis. Google is an agile developer because they can make updates in real time and thrive on open-ended outcomes.  

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BI: It’s About Data Exploration, Not Report Generation 

Stephen Few writes an interesting blog outlining the issues faced by BI software providers today.  For the last decade or so, these companies have been successful at building data warehouses and production reporting systems but now face an entirely different problem: how to make sense of the data. SAP thinks they have a contender to solve the need for such analytics in BI: BusinessObjects Explorer.   MIKE2.0 is working on our open source solution offering as well.   Have you tried either of these?  Do you know of any other solutions out there that can help make sense of and transform business data into workable intelligence?

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Records and Data Privacy: Should You be Worried?  

During the last few months, there have been several high profile stories about data theft and privacy issues. While most of the recent cases we hear about involve banks or financial services – this can occur in any industry. For example, the BBC just reported the medical records of 2,000 patients were lost at Haywood Hospital. The records are of 2,000 patients who had physiotherapy at Haywood Hospital in 2006 and have since been discharged and may have been destroyed in error, under what it calls “confidential conditions.”

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by: Bsomich
18  Mar  2010

BI: It’s about data exploration, not report generation.

Stephen Few writes an interesting blog outlining the issues faced by BI software providers today.  For the last decade or so, these companies have been successful at building data warehouses and production reporting systems but now face an entirely different problem: how to make sense of the data. 

SAP thinks they have a contender to solve the need for such analytics in BI: BusinessObjects Explorer.   MIKE2.0 is working on our open source solution offering as well (http://mike2.openmethodology.org/wiki/BI_and_PM_Offering_Group)   Have you tried either of these?  Do you know of any other solutions out there that can help make sense of and transform business data into workable intelligence?

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by: Bsomich
16  Mar  2010

Profile Spotlight: Milan Kucera

Milan Kučera

Milan has more than nine years of experience in Information Technology with a major emphasis on business intelligence, data warehousing, analytical CRM, ETL processes and data warehouse design.

As the Director of Data Architecture for a large Telecom in Prague, he was responsible for the development of job descriptions and department descriptions with the authority and responsibility for defining both personal and departmental KPIs.

He has substantial experience with business case development and development of different RFP/RFIs (metadata management, information management, information quality, data warehouse, ETL and data cleansing). He is also very knowledgeable about information quality tools.

Mr. Kučera prefers to coach over strong line management. This ensures continuous staff improvement (training, re-training). He is a TIQM® (Total Information Quality Management) certified consultant. TIQM, developed by Larry English, applies Kaizen® quality principles to information quality management. Mr. Kučera developed a unique market methodology called Company Information Quality Assessment (CIQA) and used it to analyze a state of management of quality information. This methodology applied the CMM (Capability Maturity Model) based on Philip Crosby”s Management Maturity Grid from his book “Quality is Free“.

Mr. Kučera has written more that 30 articles discussing business intelligence, data mining, data warehouse, information quality and data management issues. He was the first to promote information quality in the Czech market.

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by: Bsomich
13  Mar  2010

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. 

Initial MIKE2.0 Business Solutions include:

Feel free to check them out when you have a moment- we’re always open to suggestions.  

Sincerely,

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This Week’s Food for Thought:

SaaS for Business Intelligence: Factors to Consider

Business intelligence as a service will be a major trend this year, at least according to the companies selling it. Quentin Gallivan, CEO of BI-as-a-service provider PivotLink, thinks BI-as-a-service growth will outpace on-premise BI in 2010. The majority of folks surveyed by Kognitio, another BI-as-a-service provider, predicted a similarly rosy future for SaaS BI

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How to Ensure Online Collaboration Adds Business Value 

A recent post on eDiscovery Journal notes 8 ways to ensure online collaboration projects add business value:

1. Understand that collaboration is a process, and a subset of broader executive set business outcomes.

2. Control of  information is necessary to mitigate risk.

3. The importance of Records management.

 4. Understand your content sources and types to be able to track and analyze them.

5. Use a solid collaboration platform (the author in this post recommends Microsoft SharePoint) to work from.

6. Educate management and employees on the goals and benefits of collaboration for positive participation.

7. Consider the knowledge worker and do not overload him or her. 

8. Utilize Records management for back end and administrative tasks.

Do you agree or disagree?  Based on your experience, can you recommend any others to add?

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by: Bsomich
11  Mar  2010

How to Ensure Online Collaboration Adds Business Value.

A recent post on eDiscovery Journal notes 8 ways to ensure online collaboration projects add business value:

1. Understand that collaboration is a process, and a subset of broader executive set business outcomes.

2. Control of  information is necessary to mitigate risk.

3. The importance of Records management.

 4. Understand your content sources and types to be able to track and analyze them.

5. Use a solid collaboration platform (the author in this post recommends Microsoft SharePoint) to work from.

6. Educate management and employees on the goals and benefits of collaboration for positive participation.

7. Consider the knowledge worker and do not overload him or her. 

8. Utilize Records management for back end and administrative tasks.

Do you agree or disagree?  Based on your experience, can you recommend any others to add?

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