How often (and why) does your data strategy need to be updated?

In my previous post, I discussed the characteristics of a strong data strategy, the first of which was that a formal, well-defined strategy exists within your organization. This post discusses how often (and why) your organization’s data strategy needs to be updated. While strategy encompasses and sets the overall direction for […]

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Top 5 characteristics of a strong data strategy

With data now impacting nearly every business activity, there should no longer be any doubt that data needs to be managed as a strategic corporate asset. This post examines the top five characteristics of a strong data strategy. Existence As I previously blogged, in today’s fast-moving business world now often takes priority […]

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Do organizations need to adopt formal data strategies?

.@philsimon begins a four-part series on the need for a proper data strategy.






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As the calendar turns – Part 2

In this two-part series, which posts as the calendar turns to a new year, I revisit the top data management topics of 2015 (Part 1) and then try to predict a few of the data management trends of 2016 (Part 2). Data management in 2016 The Internet of Things (IoT) made significant […]

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As the calendar turns – Part 1

In this two-part series, which posts as the calendar prepares to turn 2015 into 2016, I revisit the top data management topics of 2015 (Part 1) and then try to predict a few of the data management trends of 2016 (Part 2). Data management in 2015 Big data continued to make […]

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Extra-enterprise data management

In a recent post, we discussed a number of factors that have expanded the reach of organizations' data management functions beyond the traditional scope of an in-house data center. Increased use of external data sources coupled with growing dependence on cloud computing have created an emerging need to exercise some level […]

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The fight between now and later

Time. It flies. It does so whether or not you’re having fun or otherwise putting it to good use. To know where it flies, you’d need to watch. But most of us can’t make the time to watch. How we use time is important since it’s the one resource we […]

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Big data integration as a service

I've seen a number of articles and webinars recently that discuss data integration as a cloud-based service. So I thought it was worth exploring what this really means in the context of big data – specifically when the objective is to exploit many sources of streaming data for analytics. My initial reaction […]

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Thoughts on big data and new tools

.@philsimon with some thoughts on the panoply of available tools out there.






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Want to improve data quality? Start by re-imagining your data boundaries.

Some years ago I was consulting in a large financial institution. I was brought in to help transfer the company from one financial classification scheme to a new scheme. The project manager assumed this was a three-month project. He was mistaken. Nearly six months into the project we realized this was […]

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