Reference Architecture – Part 1 – CIFe

In a previous post I introduced Claudia Imhoff‘s Corporate Information Factory.  As I have been many conversations over the last little bit on this area I thought I would share three different views and then lastly a version I am working on.  I even enclose my crazy di

Reference Architecture

I would like to extrapolate on the idea of Reference Architecture as part of any strategic roadmap.  In a meeting today with some people on the business side, they were having real trouble understanding or being able to create incremental change on some of their larger business i

Decision Services (Service Oriented Architecture)

In working to better understand the role of data in the service oriented world (SOA) it is often difficult to see the role.  Data is a major base consumable like metals in car manufacturing.  So in the example or metaphor for a car SOA is the standardization of the base comp

DataCASTers Unveiled

Over the past couple of months I have been working on a new Podcast show on the PodcasterNews Network.  Well, I finally recorded the first episode.  These are to be short 5 minute podcasts on enterprise data management that I will do by myself or with guests 1-3 times per we

Databases: back to basics

The main reason we build relational databases is to minimize redundancy so we can maintain control over complexity through structure, manage operating & infrastructure costs and reduce complexity. If you’re not trying to reduce the number of databases in your organization th

Definition: Data Integration

DDL – Data Definition Language (DDL) DML – Data Manipulation Language (DML) UML – EDI – Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) FTP – File Transfer Protocol

Software as a Service and Business Intelligence

Colin White over at the B*eye network has a great article describing an evolution to Software as a Service 2.0 (Saas 2.0). He starts by breaking down types of services into three types: On-Damand Software Purchasing On-Demand IT SOA On-Demand Application Services He then goes on to de

Linking Execution with Strategy with Business Intelligence

Why do we look to the active data warehouse (right-time data warehouse)?  To empower people who execute the strategy to have the information and insight to support the operation of the companies business in a way that matches the corporate strategy. What do I mean.  In Steph

OLAP and the ACID test

In the OLTP (online transaction processing systems – usually operational systems) world we measure the quality of a database by its ability to pass the ACID test.  That is Atomicity, Consistency, Isolation and Durability – ACID.  For more details see: http://en.w

Business Intelligence Trends – Dr Stephen Brobst

At the Think Big Data Warehouse conference, one of the other Keynotes that kicked us off was the address by Dr. Stephen Brobst, CTO of Teradata.  Having to follow Claudia Imhoff is quite the challenge, but there presentation styles were so different and the topics/approach divers