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David Loshin

Welcome to my BeyeNETWORK Blog. This is going to be the place for us to exchange thoughts, ideas and opinions on all aspects of the information quality and data integration world. I intend this to be a forum for discussing changes in the industry, as well as how external forces influence the way we treat our information asset. The value of the blog will be greatly enhanced by your participation! I intend to introduce controversial topics here, and I fully expect that reader input will "spice it up." Here we will share ideas, vendor and client updates, problems, questions and, most importantly, your reactions. So keep coming back each week to see what is new on our Blog!

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David is the President of Knowledge Integrity, Inc., a consulting and development company focusing on customized information management solutions including information quality solutions consulting, information quality training and business rules solutions. Loshin is the author of The Practitioner's Guide to Data Quality Improvement, Master Data Management, Enterprise Knowledge Management: The Data Quality Approachand Business Intelligence: The Savvy Manager's Guide. He is a frequent speaker on maximizing the value of information. David can be reached at loshin@knowledge-integrity.com or at (301) 754-6350.

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February 2006 Archives

My most recent articles dealt with simple business rules to be used for data validation generated a flurry of emails from people within the business rule and semantics community. One of the emails referred me to another blog site (as a matter of conscience, I will disclose that the blog is hosted at the Fair Isaac corporate web site) on "Enterprise Decision Management" that actually looked kind of interesting.

I am seeing a bunch of new three-letter acronyms, such as EDM (Enterprise Decision Management), EIM (Enterprise Information Management). Anyone else seeing news TLAs?


Posted February 28, 2006 10:24 AM
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Just got back from TDWI Las Vegas. Interesting things to note:

- There seems to be a growing interest in data quality and data governance as an integral part of business applications, as indicated by the number of courses that refer or focus on data quality tools and technology.

- Some of the hot topics included real-time/"right-time" BI, Service-Oriented approaches to data warehousing and BI, and there were even some side conversations discussing Software as a Service (SaaS).

Check out the podcasts that Claudia and I moderated.


Posted February 24, 2006 6:49 AM
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Just got back from TDWI Las Vegas. Interesting things to note:

- There seems to be a growing interest in data quality and data governance as an integral part of business applications, as indicated by the number of courses that refer or focus on data quality tools and technology.

- Some of the hot topics included real-time/"right-time" BI, Service-Oriented approaches to data warehousing and BI, and there were even some side conversations discussing Software as a Service (SaaS).

Check out the podcasts that Claudia and I moderated.


Posted February 24, 2006 6:49 AM
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As I noted just days ago, in the shadow of Informatica's acquisition of Similarity Systems, it is reported that Firstlogic, one of the few remaining independent data quality tools vendors has been is planned to be acquired by Business Objects. The $69 million cash transaction certainly seems to be much more appealing than the suitor in their previous engagement.


Posted February 8, 2006 4:24 PM
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The other day I read in the paper that Western Union was shutting down its telegram service, as is reported here. The value proposition of the telegram product was its ability to transmit short messages across long distances realtively quickly. Yet with the growth of email, instant messaging, mobile text messaging, etc. the value of sending a telegram transformed from content delivery to anachronistic curiosity ("Let's send Uncle Joe a telegram to celebrate his 96th birthday."). Reflecting (or, perhaps perturbing) Marshall McLuhan's comment that the "medium is the message," the acts of sending and receiving telegrams outweighed the actual messages contained within them.

It is interesting to consider that transmitting telegrams was a large part of Wester Union's business, but as part of a natural approach to business survival, what was once bread and butter is now being completely eliminated from the operational diet. Something most businesses should keep in mind: if you see that external events are significantly reducing the value proposition of your products, reinvent your business to remain competitive.


Posted February 6, 2006 11:01 AM
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