Archive | February, 2011

A Tale of Two Bens

An Introduction

As a general rule, the most successful man in life is the man who has the best information. – Benjamin Disraeli By way of introduction, I should probably tell you that plowing through information gets me sort of excited.  My wife will tell you that this is not normal. Maybe it’s a mutated gene that all […]

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How to Scope Rules and Policies for Data Governance?

Federalism in Data Management Series: No. 4

“The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” – Tenth Amendment, United States Constitution A large insurance conglomerate has been doing data governance for many years with a lot to show for it. They instituted […]

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Who in the world needs a data warehouse with bad data in it?

I just read a recent article in Information Management entitled “Who in the World Needs a Data Warehouse?” On seeing the title, I immediately thought this would be an article about how companies can simply load their data in memory to avoid building a data warehouse entirely. As I suspected, that is the author’s proposed […]

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You Can’t Handle a Single Version of the Truth

Can You Handle a Single Version of the Truth?

Federalism in Data Management Series: No. 3

“We worked long and hard to get to a single version of the truth. Then we realized that we can’t handle a single version of the truth,” said a data architect at a global manufacturing company. This company built a beautifully architected and perfectly conformed enterprise data warehouse with a single unified portal for BI […]

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