The “5 Keys” to Data Architecture Management

This post is the third in my “5 Keys” to EIM series, covering the core principles of enterprise information management (EIM): 1 – Introduction to the “5 Keys” Series 2 – The “5 Keys” to Data Governance Today we’re looking at data architecture management – simply defined as “most of what needs to be done before getting started.”  This includes developing a data model, planning out databases and...

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Network Virtualization and Microsoft Azure

A colleague of mine, Kyle Tobin, and I attended TechEd 2013 down in New Orleans earlier this month. We are writing a series of blogs about what most impressed us about Microsoft’s message around their newly released or updated software TechEd 2013 brought with it a number of new feature releases for many of the traditional Microsoft products, but what Microsoft delivered (in my mind...

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The “5 Keys” to Data Governance

In my last post, I introduced the “5 Keys” series, covering all of the core principles of enterprise information management (EIM). Today we introduce the first EIM discipline you should think about: data governance. The remaining EIM disciplines can be addressed in any order (as long as you keep balance), but data governance is a little different not just because it sits in the middle, but...

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They say variety is the spice of life – but does the same hold true for Big Data?

Last week Chicago was one of 29 host cities around the world for Big Data Week, a week-long series of workshops on big data and analytics.  I had the privilege of giving a ten minute “rapid-fire” talk about big data in banking and also attended a number of other workshops.  It was a fun, thought-provoking week full of interesting case studies and great networking between government...

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We hold this truth to (not necessarily) be self-evident…all customers are not created equal

This past Friday, April 26, West Monroe Partners co-sponsored an event with the Chicago Chapter of the American Statistical Association on Customer Analytics. This event featured Peter S. Fader, Frances and Pei-Yuan Chia Professor of Marketing at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, Co-Director of the Wharton Customer Analytics Initiative, and author of Customer...

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Internal Surveys: A Fast, Free BI Tool and 5 Simple Keys to Using Them Effectively

As evidenced by the proliferation of business intelligence tools and vendors, the pursuit of metrics and data is essentially ubiquitous to businesses of every size and industry.  Gartner predicts business intelligence software revenue will reach $13.8 Billion in 2013, climbing to over $17 Billion in 2016 (Source: CMS article citing Gartner).  Given the macro-level uncertainty...

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IT Bridges To Nowhere

In 2005, Congress approved funding for a bridge to Gravina Island (later known as “nowhere”), Alaska. At that time, the island had a population of 50 people and was served by a regular ferry service. There is little doubt that this bridge could have been successfully completed. Similar bridges had been constructed before, and there was never any concern about the difficulty of engineering the...

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The 1 Data Governance Question to Ask Over and Over Again

“Why are we doing this?” That’s it! That is the question I want you to be asking over and over again when you pursue data governance, or any of its related disciplines. I suppose you may want a little more clarity around what I’m talking about. I guess that’s fair. The point of this is that data governance is not about having some group of folks in your organization establishing standards and...

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