WOA – SOA is not a disease anymore!

top104Number 7 in Gartner’s top 10 Strategic Technologies for 2009 is Web Oriented Architecture. With Data Value in your mind you could argue that this might be a typo and that we would expect here SOA – Service Oriented Architecture.

The term SOA is introduced already many years ago by Roy Schulte and Yefim Natis – also from Gartner. And even at the time of the introduction of SOA one could start a dispute about the differences between SOA and CBD – Component Based Development. And there are similarities between that dispute and the dispute between WOA and SOA. My take on it is that already from the beginning of ICT or software engineering one is trying to conquer complexity and still remain the benefits of flexibility or agility. The more the technology becomes mature, the more we are able to tackle this paradox. Continue reading ‘WOA – SOA is not a disease anymore!’

Enrich your contact data by your contacts

top10This blog is about enrichment of data value, how easy do you want to have it. And in such a way that you don’t need to do it yourself but that your contacts themselves will provide you the enriched information.

Number 6 in Gartner’s top 10 Strategic Technologies for 2009 is all about Social software and networks. Their focus is mainly on the benefits of using the growing virtual social networks for commercial reasons. For Data Value I see 2 observations:

  1. The data value within and accross social networks. Within because it becomes harder and harder to find the right person, e.g. LinkedIn and search on Henk de Ruiter you will see actual multiple entries for the same person, and … no wonder you will find actually the same person via the ID Henk deRuiter. The cause for these duplications are as for any other datasource. Users (the actual individuals) didn’t know how to use the system (e.g., make a new ID per company that you worked for) or the systems cannot handle the linguistical and cultural challenges of the world. Since a couple of years we see more and more of these networks in coopetition. Where the networks ‘smartly’ use the ID – firstname + lastname – to collect personal and network information. This is not always correct. The challenge is even more in the synchronization, nobody changes things on all networks and everybody trusts that ‘the systems’ will do the right synchronizations. Initiatives of OpenSocial can help in this area.
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How green is your data value?

top101Number 4 in the top 10 list of Gartner’s Strategic Technologies is Green IT. David Cearleys take on this is quite straightforward. On the one hand regulations and more efficient equipment will force or help to reduce unwanted emissions. For our discussions – talking about data value – I see several angles:

  • Having the right contact details will reduce waste of natural resources because we bring the deliveries immediately at the right place, and it’s not only the deliveries that can be optimized, we can also avoid that deliveries get lost and natural resources are actually piped for /dev/null !
  • By valueing our data through deduplication we can in general avoid to spoil needless energy – both by humans and other resources – and use the sparse energy only for those who actually need it. Here I feel the same remark as David in his blog. There comes a moment in the near future, with an rising energy prices and increasing emission penalties, that that aspect will win in the equation from the actual spoil of goods and human energy.
  • Saving resources is now also done by concentrating or centralizing services – optimizing the service per energy unit. For data we see this happening in the Virtualization of data and Master Data Management technologies. Strong place in your centralizing strategy will be the role of your data quality – that will bring your real value

I encourage you all to think out-of-the-box how data-value can help to make it a better world for the future. But I’m afraid that in this economic climate the short term is ruling and not the long(er) term.

“Driving forward while looking in your rear mirrors”

top101The 2nd Strategic Technology for 2009 according to Gartner’s David Cearley is Business Intelligence. And as stated by the well known title above this blog there is always the risk of trusting too much on your history while making decisions for the future. We’ve seen in the past that ‘these mirrors’ have improved already. There has been significant reduction in ‘history’ in the business intelligence and actual information – it has become more real time. That has direct impact on smartness of decisions and on positive impact of the companies business performance.

No need to convince ourselves that data really brings value in BI! Still we see BI projects struggling with the foundation. The obvious statements as “garbage in is garbage out”, can we really trust the actual figures generated from our BI tool, and did the change management investments on the people providing the data really convert them in ‘data friendly persons’. I still need to smile internally if people complain about the garbage quality of the other departments and are completely convinced of their clean data – challenge them to cleanse and dedup their outlook contacts!

Another pitfall related to data quality is that people trust too often on keys or IDs. I’m sorry but data quality is much more than data matching on keys or IDs, even on official keys like social security numbers.

A recent blog from Oracle’s Frank BuytendijkThe Crisis Was Caused By ‘Performance Management’, And Performance Management Will Have To Solve It Too.” brings this whole strategic technology in the right after ‘crisis dip’ perspective. How come that with all these new BI tools we didn’t see a economic crisis popping up in our windscreen, or were we too much focused on the rear mirror. Hope to read soon more from his analysis!


Not every Cloud has a silver lining

Cloud Computing or Cloud Services that’s the ultimate dream we have. It doesn’t bother anymore where services are running, we need a handle to it and it can start raining. Pending on which part of the world you live, you like clouds or not. For someone with lastname “van Holland” it’s almost hard to believe that he needs to trust the clouds!

Number 3 on Gartner’s list on Top technology strategies for 2009 is dealing about Cloud Computing. And a more detailed blog with the challenging title “Delivering Cloud Services: ISVs – Change or Die or both!” on that topic can be found on the blog of Daryl Plummer.

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Virtualization: It’s the data! – not the hardware

The first Strategic Technology to watch according to Gartner is Virtualization. And I do like their twist in the whole virtualization debate – focus on data. While the whole world is linking the word virtualization with optimizing your hardware assets by using a virtual layer on top of your hardware. By optimizing the usage of your assets in this virtual way you can significantly reduce the total cost of ownership (ToC).

David Cearley at Gartner comes with a fascinating other angle. Basically he sees virtualization also as strategic technology to virtualize the data. And by that twist, data quality and data governance appears annoyingly in the middle of your radar screen. In order to use this strategy for your operational excellence, to eliminate the number of redundant data on your real storage devices, and make a virtual layer between your applications and this virtual data storage, you need to be sure that all your applications can work seamlessly with that virtual data.

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