Health insurance, healthcare and pharmaceutical perspective on data quality – Part 2

As I explained in Part 1 of this series, spelling my name wrong does bother me! However, life changes quickly at health insurance, healthcare and pharmaceutical companies. That said, taking unintegrated or cleansed data and propagating it to Hadoop may only help one issue. That would be the issue of getting the data […]

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Should easy access to data change the data strategy?

In the past, we've always protected our data to create an integrated environment for reporting and analytics. And we tried to protect people from themselves when using and accessing data, which sometimes could have been considered a bottleneck in the process. We instituted guidelines and procedures around: Certification of the data […]

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Risks to consider when developing a data strategy – Part 1

Creating a strategy for the data in an organization is not a straightforward task. Not only does our business change – our software solutions also change before we can ever get done with a data strategy. So, I choose to understand that a strategy has a vision, and my vision may change […]

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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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Agility in data availability

In my recent posts, I've been exploring the issues of integrating data that originates from beyond the organization. But this post looks at a different facet of extra-enterprise data management: data availability. In many organizations, there's a growing trend of making internal analytical data accessible to external consumers. I can […]

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Agility in external data ingestion

In two previous posts (Part 1 and Part 2), I explored some of the challenges of managing data beyond enterprise boundaries. These posts focused on issues around managing and governing extra-enterprise data. Let’s focus a bit on one specific challenge now – satisfying the need for business users to rapidly ingest new data sources. Sophisticated business […]

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Beyond the boundaries of structured data: Part one

Most people have logged on to a social media site, maybe to look up an old friend, acquaintance or family member. Some people play games, or post funny pictures or other information they want to share with everyone. Do you ever ask yourself what happens with this information? What if your business wanted to purchase this information and […]

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Data integration modernization: Key recommendations

Modernization. It’s a hot topic for organizations in all types of industries that are looking for ways to streamline hardware and software footprints while gaining control and insights from the data deluge. In the data integration space, this means we have to look beyond a traditional ETL approach to one […]

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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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Workload optimization – Are you balanced?

The other day I was chatting with an ETL developer and he said he always pushes queries into the database instead of dragging data across the network. I thought “Hmm, I remember talking about those topics when I was a DBA.” I'd like to share those thoughts with you now. […]

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