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Archive for May, 2010
30 May 2010
27 May 2010
There will be a face-to-face session on MIKE2.0 and its semantic enterprise offering at the upcoming Semantic Technology Conference 2010. This F2F session on MIKE2.0 will be at 4:45 PM – 5:45 PM on Thurs, June 24. The conference, which expects 1200 attendees or so, is in its sixth year and is being held at at the Hilton Union Square in downtown San Francisco on June 21-25, 2010.
I will be leading the session and offering a few introductory remarks and slides. After that, we are hoping for a lively discussion and Q&A session on MIKE2.0 and its applicability to information development projects. While the emphasis will be on the semantic enterprise, given the broad usefulness of MIKE2.0, all topics will be fair game!
If any MIKE2.0 aficionados or practitioners are in the area, please attend and contribute. And, if you just simply want to learn more and meet others using the methodology, please drop by and join in the discussion.
Hope to see you there!
by: Phil Simon
26 May 2010
I’m very pleased to be joining Mike 2.0 as a featured contributor. Considering that I’ve written two books, maintain my own blog, and write for a number of other technology sites and publications, it’s safe to say that I have no shortage of opinions on different technology, data, BI, and management issues–the very topics that Mike 2.0 addresses. In other words, based on what I have seen and continue to see as a consultant, it won’t be hard for me to write a weekly post that I hope you find interesting.
OK, enough with the introductions. This week I was reminded about the reasons that the future of open source software is so promising. To be sure, I’ve got OS religion.
So, why am I so bullish on OS? Well, many reasons that will become apparent as you read my posts each week. Allow me to start off with a story from this past week.
My new client (Acme Industries) runs a well-known ERP. (The name of the client and application aren’t really relevant for the purposes of this post). They had some challenges on a previous version of the app’s time and attendance (T&A) application but figured out ways to work around them. About four years ago, the vendor announced the eventual decommission date for the T&A app after introducing it in the mid 1990′s. Beset by current economic conditions, Acme was not in a position to spend $50,000 or so on the forced upgrade. Yet, faced with running an “unsupported” application, management finally agreed to make the plunge.
Last week I conducted training to Acme end users on the new application. They were justifiably curious about whether the vendor’s new app (call it Absence Management [AM]) would address the often manual process of managing employee vacation and sick balances. While AM’s automation trumps that of its predecessor, attendees in my class could not believe the amount of setup involved in AM to enable that automation. For example, to decrement employee balances, no fewer than nine steps are required in the new application. What’s worse, all of that setup still meant that retroactive changes will probably need to be calculated manually.
Now, I’m no newbie to the scene. I’ve been working with enterprise apps long enough (nearly 15 years) to know that no vendor is going to please everyone. I realize the following:
So, what did I tell Acme’s end users? I’m an independent technology consultant and can call a spade a spade. I agreed with Acme’s folks because, in my view, the squeeze of the upgrade probably wasn’t worth the juice. Of course, they really don’t have a choice.
My experience this week reminded me of this video on enterprise software vendors and their often questionable tactics:
What does this little yarn say about open source? Quite a bit. Imagine a scenario in which organizations can decide if and when they want to upgrade. Imagine clients not being beholden to vendor decommission dates and threats of being unsupported. Imagine having the flexibility to adopt only desired features. Imagine not paying support on shelfware. Imagine actually achieving lower TCO in the process. Sound too good to be true? It isn’t.
Now, don’t get me wrong. Open source is no panacea and, I’d argue, it’s not right for every organization, every type of app, and every industry. But the days of OS exclusively as a tool for geeks in dark rooms have come to an end. As long as stories like Acme’s continue to proliferate, more people will realize this.
What do you think?
26 May 2010
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:
Embracing these principles of the open semantic enterprise can bring these knowledge management benefits:
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.
24 May 2010
Antoine is a Knowledge and Information Management expert with an emphasis on Data Quality, Business Intelligence and Content Management (Document and Record Management).
He also has a fair knowledge of IT systems and a sound knowledge of public sector procurement processes.
He has been involved in major European Commission DGs architecture definition and service evaluation, as well as an implementation of a data governance framework focused on Data Quality, and in a major data quality transformation and reporting processes definition and implementation at a private company.
21 May 2010
20 May 2010
Solidity: (noun) the state, property, or quality of being solid. having firmness and strength; substantialness.
An enterprise’s information system is the primary pillar and support system for the majority of its business operations, intelligence and day-to-day transactions. Depending on the complexity of the organization and how quickly it operates, the ability to organize, analyze and effectively manage enterprise information becomes increasingly crucial to its success. As an IM professional, you want to ensure that this system can withhold the pressure of these operations and managements ever-changing needs.
Although most IM pros understand this challenge- they often don’t know how to overcome it.
Larry Dubov, senior director of business management consulting at IBM-owned Initiate Systems, writes a good post explaining how data hubs can work with SOA to increase solidity in your information management system:
18 May 2010
Jon has over 12 years experience in information management and data analysis, where he has worked for both global consultancies and software vendors with many international clients.
Initially working within direct marketing operations, assisting clients to build a single customer view and optimise customer analytics, Jon developed a detailed understanding of managing disparate data systems.
Most recently, Jon has focused on data quality management and has advised clients to plan their data quality strategy and build business case justifications for data management initiatives such as Data Governance and MDM.
Jon has held senior consulting positions at both HP Consulting and Deloitte.
14 May 2010
14 May 2010
Jason Sharpe (Telstra General Manager for Collaboration, Knowledge, and Intelligence) and I met this week to discuss an area that we both feel strongly about: the need for standards within and across organizations for the development of reports. We think this isn’t really an area that any commercial business looks to use as a point of differentiation, rather it is a “ticket to play” for good information practice.
Jason and I are looking for collaborators to develop vendor-neutral reporting templates (building on the existing MIKE2.0 Deliverable Templates) which could then be extended to vendor-specific templates and cross referenced to the MIKE2.0 WBS. By doing this within MIKE2.0, client organizations can effectively engage their vendors and service providers to finalize these documents for their specific needs which reduces the vendor’s cost of sale while improve the speed and quality of outcome for their clients.
Please let Jason and myself know if you are interested in taking part in this initiative.