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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!

About the author >

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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Recently in Connecting the Dots Category

If you have read my articles and blog entries over the years, you may know that I have a real fondness for geographic-based data analysis. I have loved maps since I was a kid (when I was in elementary school I used to visit all the local gas stations when they used to hand out road maps free). Today, with the ubiquity of handheld GPS systems, location-bsaed services are rapidly becoming a critical component to any enterprise information management program.


I just finished a paper on location-based services and am doing a webinar on it this Thursday. Register at http://bit.ly/cO82dv. I am looking forward to seeing you at the webinar!

Posted October 26, 2010 3:37 AM
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In my most recent article on b-eye-network, I discussed the questions raised as a result of serious consideration of instituting MDM, and how that directly depends on sound data management practices associated with data quality and more importantly, data governance. If this interests you, I will be participating in a set of executive lunch meetings with Initiate Systems to discuss these ideas in greater detail, one in Chicago on May 25 and one in San Jose on May 26. Here are the links for more information:

Chicago, May 25 at 10:00 AM - 1:00PM CDT

San Jose, May 26 at noon - 3:00PM PDT

If you plan to go, let me know!

Posted May 4, 2010 10:06 AM
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I was scanning the news this morning, and came across a few interesting notes regarding impending acquisitions of master data management vendors:


IBM to buy Initiate Systems? Also, some sources mentioned an all-hands meeting scheduled for next week.


Informatica to buy Siperian? Also, a source commented to me that a senior staff member at Siperian who was there for 7 years has moved on to a new role at another company.

Posted January 28, 2010 8:08 AM
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Apparentyly, the same issues that plagued competing US intelligence agencies immediately after the 9/11 bombings have not yet been resolved. According to this Time Magazine article, President Obama's summarized the failure to prevent terrorism suspect Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab from boarding a Detroit-bound plane was that "The U.S. government had sufficient information to have uncovered this plot and potentially disrupt the Christmas Day attack, but our intelligence community failed to connect those dots."

Yet again, we see that despite being flooded with data, there was a failure to turn that data into actionable knowledge. Apparently, according to the article, inteligence agencies knew that the suspected bomber Abdulmutallab had traveled to Yemen, a spot of brewing anti-US terrorism plots, that his father had contacted the US embassy in Nigeria to notify them of his son's activities, that no one asked whether Abdulmutallab had a US visa, or whether he should have been added to the no-fly list. Also, the fact that he purchased a one-way ticket and no checked luggage might have raised some concern as well.

Any of these events should have triggered some action, but the fact that they didn't potentially raises a different question: how often do we miss events that should trigger a security response? I am sure a lot more frequently than we'd like to believe, and that might raise your level of anxiety.

And that raises another different question: what is the probability/risk that a missed event is a critical one like the Dec 25th situation? Of course, a low probability might alleviate some of the anxiety.

However, from a data perspective, the issue is a matter of data sharing and integration - protocols for capturing the key semantic aspects of logged events could be published to a common repository that could be continuously monitored, mined and evaluated to determine when some proactive action should take place. Is MDM the answer? Maybe, or perhaps a master repository published to a cloud environment with layered data services for rapid identity resolution...

Oh, check out this interview to understand a little more about national security.


Posted January 6, 2010 6:57 AM
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