Category: Data Governance

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 setting up the assembly line mattered for Ford. Before Ford’s assembly line,…
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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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Data as Plastic…?

For almost 2 decades I’ve struggled to draw an analogy to the data management space. However, data is its own animal, it has unique quirks like the ability to be copied perfectly. And you can move data at speeds that draw no parallel to things we can observe in the physical world. So there really…
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Data Architecture Lessons from the 1700’s?

In the late-1700s there was an innovation which would change the world forever. This innovation came from the French Engineer & Lieutenant General Jean-Baptiste Gribeauval. He was charged with reforming the french military’s artillery. What he came up with was a standardized set of cannons and cannonballs. See up until that point cannons were not…
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Why “born in the cloud” matters

If you've worked in or around the enterprise software industry for any significant period of time, then you've seen a lot of technical evolution over the years. What most people don't see is how those technical evolutions play out behind the scenes with software vendors. It usually begins with some kind of start up (which…
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Growing Pains in Data

When you go home tonight, take a brief look at your house, and ask yourself. “How many stories or rooms could I add to this house on top of its current structure?” Could you add 5? How about 10? Would you casually add 20? Like this thought experiment, your organization has likely added many floors…
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Why Hadoop is Dying

Allright I know that I’m going to ruffle some feathers here, but… Why is Hadoop dying? It was once the darling of the corporate data management space. Boardroom meetings suddenly had line items about Big Data Strategies, and some of the distributions booked record levels of venture capital funding. But today, nobody cares. Why is…
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