Data governance in action

Many people have the perception that data governance is all about policies and mandates, committees and paperwork, without any real "rubber on the road" impact. I want to dispel this viewpoint by sharing a simple example of how one company implemented data governance to enforce something practical that delivered long-term […]

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The missing link in your data strategy – Part 2

In my last post, we touched on the importance of data migration in an overall data strategy. The reason I wanted to do this is because so many organizations see the migration of data as a technical challenge that can be outsourced and largely ignored by their internal teams. I contend […]

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The missing link in your data strategy – Part 1

"I skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it has been." -  Wayne Gretzky I love this quote from Wayne Gretzky. It sums up how most organizations approach data strategy. Data strategy typically starts with a strategic plan laid down by the board. The CEO will […]

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Cracking the code to successful conversions: Prototype or not!

To perform a successful data conversion, you have to know a number of things. In this series, we have uncovered the following about our conversion: Scope of the conversion Infrastructure for the conversion Source of the conversion Target for the conversion Management for the conversion Testing and Quality Assurance for […]

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Cracking the code to successful conversions: Enterprise data modeling

There are multiple types of data models, and some companies choose to NOT data model purchased software applications. I view this a bit differently. I think that any purchased application is part of our enterprise, thus it is part of our enterprise data model (or that concept is part of the […]

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Cracking the code to successful conversions: Facilitated session and follow-up interviews

Don't be shy!  Interviewing people BEFORE or AFTER a facilitated session just takes a bit of confidence, and good preparation. Building your confidence gets easier and easier the more you participate in interviews.  The objective is to prepare and not waste anyone’s valuable time.  I like to prepare notes based on […]

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Cracking the code for successful conversions: Facilitated sessions – what do we do now?

So, the facilitated session is over. You have gathered a tremendous amount of information, and you may be wondering what to do now.  I like to categorize all the information, and hopefully during the session you did some prioritization of the requirements based on company goals.  If you have never […]

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Cracking the code to successful conversions: Detailed information analysis via existing sources

To complete any conversion, with success, always seems to require a good understanding of the existing environment and platform.  In fact, I would not move forward without the background analysis work products. You may want to consider some analysis of what is already in place, and understand: What is the […]

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How to re-balance a data migration project plan

How do you structure your data migration plan? How do you allocate resources and timescales so that you maximise your chance of success? In this article I want to explore some data migration project planning misconceptions and give you some pointers for an alternative approach. One of the big improvements […]

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Are you a data migration sponsor? A reminder of your responsibilities.

Data migrations are never the most attractive of projects to sponsor. For those who have sponsored them previously, migrations can be seen as a poison chalice. As for the first-timers, data migration initiatives are often perceived as a fairly insignificant part in a far grander production. The challenge with data […]

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