Category: Data Governance

What’s stopping cloud adoption?

Right around 2003 the United States went through a bandwidth revolution. And suddenly it got cheaper to use bandwidth. However, in the IT space, most solutions and vendors were still carefully designing their solutions to closely guard bandwidth. But some organizations were already embracing this newfound bandwidth like salesforce.com. In their tow, other disruptive vendors began chipping…
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The Fragility of Code

When you're in the early stages of a tech startup, you're at a unique and golden moment. Flexibility and free thinking abounds because nothing has been built yet. The moment you choose a direction to take your company, and you put work into that direction, you begin to build rigidity. The increasing rigidity that occurs…
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Turning Data into Information

The process of turning data into information can be compared to a factory. You have raw materials in the form of data, work in progress in the form of integration and cleansing, then finished goods in the form of dashboards and analytics. Expecting someone to do this as a side job, just means they won’t…
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Data Deduplication factory

We recently had a discussion with a financial services company which had several concerns about moving to the cloud. But surprisingly, these concerns did not come from the technical staff, but rather their business leaders. "I just don't trust it" was the statement from one of their executives. So, this article is for all those…
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DW vs MDM

A few weeks ago one of our viewers David Argenal asked “Is Master Data the same as Data Warehousing.” I love these questions so keep them coming. In this video I’m going to put MDM (Master Data Management) on the left and DW (Data Warehousing) on the right. Both solutions have a database, but the…
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Where should logic live?

Raw data, to actionable information. That's ultimately a need in every organization. It’s why we have data governance programs, it's why we spend hours over databases, ETL tools, reports, and analytics. But how you set those processes up really matters. Just like the setup, the assembly line mattered for Ford. Before Ford’s assembly line, every…
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What is a Data Catalog?

There has always been a bit of a no man's land between IT and Business. IT is supposed to know, how to work with data, but the business is supposed to know what the data represents. So we often find that neither knows enough about the data to strategically use it. What we often see…
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What makes data “yours”

I’m going to rewind the clock to the 7th century During the Tang Dynasty in China. Commerce at that time was done by exchanging coins which had holes in the middle of them. By stringing them together and simply measuring the stack of coins you could make big trades. But obviously this made trade a…
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What is Low Code

For the last 20 years or so, organizations have bought complex applications to solve big business problems. These applications have driven everything from Sales all the way to Accounting. However, organizations are often forced to fit into the vendors box of described processes to adopt these applications. The alternative is an expensive customization effort. So…
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Cloud Data Streaming

The other day I was cleaning out some old CDs and equipment. I found a CD titled Napster. This brought back many memories of the early 2000s. I remember back then that when you had Napster running it would make everything else on the internet super slow. I even remember networks banning its use because…
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