3 years, 8 months ago

The Forrester Wave Master Data Management: Which MDM Tool Is Right For You?

The Forrester Wave for Master Data Management went live today. The results may surprise you.

MDM tools today don’t look like your father’s MDM. No longer an integration hub between applications and DBMSs, today’s tools are transitioning or have reinvented MDM to handle the context missing from system traditional implementations. Visualizations, graph repositories, big data and cloud scale, along with application like interfaces for nontechnical users, mean MDM and master data gets personal with stakeholders.

Semantics and insight are not an outcome of MDM but an integrated part of the engine and hub. Three MDM evolutions stand out:

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3 years, 8 months ago

The Forrester Wave Master Data Management: Which MDM Tool Is Right For You?

The Forrester Wave for Master Data Management went live today. The results may surprise you.

MDM tools today don’t look like your father’s MDM. No longer an integration hub between applications and DBMSs, today’s tools are transitioning or have reinvented MDM to handle the context missing from system traditional implementations. Visualizations, graph repositories, big data and cloud scale, along with application like interfaces for nontechnical users, mean MDM and master data gets personal with stakeholders.

Semantics and insight are not an outcome of MDM but an integrated part of the engine and hub. Three MDM evolutions stand out:

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3 years, 9 months ago

Do not confuse data governance with data management

Last week I participated in a roundtable during a conference in Paris organized by the French branch of DAMA – the data management international organization. During the question/answer part of the conference, it became clear most of the audience was …

3 years, 9 months ago

Do Not Confuse Data Governance With Data Management

Last week, I participated in a roundtable during a conference in Paris organized by the French branch of DAMA, the data management international organization. During the question/answer part of the conference, it became clear that most of the audience …

3 years, 10 months ago

How to Build a Roadmap – Gap Analysis Update

This update addresses a number of requests about the tools and methods I use to complete the gap analysis step from earlier posts in the series on How to Build a Roadmap. The update describes some quick Management diagnostic tools used across a wide variety of challenges encountered when developing a road map. Using these tools to perform the gap analysis delivers quick distinctive results and provides the key data and actionable insight needed to develop a meaningful road map.

4 years, 1 month ago

Semantic Technology Is Not Only For Data Geeks

You can’t bring up semantics without someone inserting an apology for the geekiness of the discussion. If you’re a data person like me, geek away! But for everyone else, it’s a topic best left alone. Well, like every geek, the semantic geeks now have their day — and may just rule the data world.

It begins with a seemingly innocent set of questions:

“Is there a better way to master my data?”

“Is there a better way to understand the data I have?”

“Is there a better way to bring data and content together?”

“Is there a better way to personalize data and insight to be relevant?”

Semantics discussions today are born out of the data chaos that our traditional data management and governance capabilities are struggling under. They’re born out of the fact that even with the best big data technology and analytics being adopted, business stakeholder satisfaction with analytics has decreased by 21% from 2014 to 2015, according to Forrester’s Global Business Technographics® Data And Analytics Survey, 2015. Innovative data architects and vendors realize that semantics is the key to bringing context and meaning to our information so we can extract those much-needed business insights, at scale, and more importantly, personalized.

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4 years, 1 month ago

Semantic Technology Is Not Only For Data Geeks

You can’t bring up semantics without someone inserting an apology for the geekiness of the discussion. If you’re a data person like me, geek away! But for everyone else, it’s a topic best left alone. Well, like every geek, the semantic geeks now have their day — and may just rule the data world.

It begins with a seemingly innocent set of questions:

“Is there a better way to master my data?”

“Is there a better way to understand the data I have?”

“Is there a better way to bring data and content together?”

“Is there a better way to personalize data and insight to be relevant?”

Semantics discussions today are born out of the data chaos that our traditional data management and governance capabilities are struggling under. They’re born out of the fact that even with the best big data technology and analytics being adopted, business stakeholder satisfaction with analytics has decreased by 21% from 2014 to 2015, according to Forrester’s Global Business Technographics® Data And Analytics Survey, 2015. Innovative data architects and vendors realize that semantics is the key to bringing context and meaning to our information so we can extract those much-needed business insights, at scale, and more importantly, personalized.

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5 years, 8 months ago

Spaghetti Grows in System Architectures – not an April Fools’ Day joke

A replay on breakfast TV this morning of the well known Panarama hoax (1st April 1957) reminded me of the mission we’re on at Bristol to “turn spaghetti into lasagne”. This mission is number 7 on the JISC 10 pointer list for improving organisational efficiency: spaghetti refers to the proliferation of point-to-point (tightly coupled) integrations […]

5 years, 8 months ago

Spaghetti Grows in System Architectures – not an April Fools’ Day joke

A replay on breakfast TV this morning of the well known Panarama hoax (1st April 1957) reminded me of the mission we’re on at Bristol to “turn spaghetti into lasagne”. This mission is number 7 on the JISC 10 pointer list for improving organisational efficiency: spaghetti refers to the proliferation of point-to-point (tightly coupled) integrations […]

6 years, 4 months ago

Looking back on Year 2

As a follow on to my blog post that reflected on year 1 of EA at Bristol (http://enterprisearchitect.blogs.bristol.ac.uk/2012/04/17/looking-back-on-the-first-year-of-my-ea-role-at-bristol/), here’s a summary of the top three key things I covered in year 2: Raising the profile of EA: a two-hour workshop with the Portfolio Executive (http://www.bris.ac.uk/planning/programmesandprojects/portfolioexecutive/). This senior decision-making group within the University were interested to […]

6 years, 4 months ago

Looking back on Year 2

As a follow on to my blog post that reflected on year 1 of EA at Bristol (http://enterprisearchitect.blogs.ilrt.org/2012/04/17/looking-back-on-the-first-year-of-my-ea-role-at-bristol/), here’s a summary of the top three key things I covered in year 2: Raising the profile of EA: a two-hour workshop with the Portfolio Executive (http://www.bris.ac.uk/planning/programmesandprojects/portfolioexecutive/). This senior decision-making group within the University were interested to […]

8 years, 10 days ago

Master Data, Data Integration and a JISC Project

We’re very pleased to have been awarded a project under the JISC Transformations Programme. During the project we plan to use JISC resources such as the ICT Strategic Toolkit along with the support of the JISC Transformations programme and continued development of our institutional Enterprise Architecture approach to tackle the problem of achieving full integration […]