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Robert S. Seiner

Welcome to my (Web) log. I look forward to spending time with you here to initiate, precipitate and participate in interesting web conversation addressing data governance, data stewardship, meta-data and data management issues of the day. ;) Comments on my posts are always welcome. Thoughts for new topics? Let me know. Thanks. Bob

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Robert (Bob) S. Seiner is recognized as the publisher of The Data Administration Newsletter, LLC – www.TDAN.com – an award winning electronic publication that focuses on sharing information about data, information, content and knowledge management disciplines. With 2013, TDAN.com enters its 17th year.  Mr. Seiner speaks often at major data management and meta-data management, business intelligence and knowledge management related conferences and user group meetings across the U.S. He can be reached at the newsletter at rseiner@tdan.com or 412-220-9643.

Mr. Seiner is the President and Principal Consultant of KIK Consulting & Educational Services, LLC – www.KIKconsulting.com.  KIK, celebrating its 12th year, is a company that focuses on knowledge transfer and consultative mentoring in the fields of data governance and data stewardship implementations, metadata management, master data management and data architecture. Beyond knowledge-transfer-focused consulting, Mr. Seiner offers two-day in-house and public courses on how to build and implement data governance / stewardship programs and metadata programs. Contact Mr. Seiner at KIK at rseiner@kikconsulting.com.

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February 2009 Archives

Some of the world's best comedians have the ability to look at things going on around them and turn that real life into humor.  This is not unlike the job of a good blogger. 


I have been bothered (in a funny sort of way) with something that has been going on around us for a long time, something that makes so little sense that I felt as though it deserved a blog.  I have just now seen the irony and the problems caused by the naming of something so critical to our everyday organizational being.


What am I talking about?  It is IT - or Information Technology.  IT, along with IS or Information Systems, seems to be the catch-all term for all things that are not associated with the Business.  How funny is that?


"IT" is the term given to all of the departments and groups that house "technical" folks, like data administrators, database administrators, data models, business and data analysts, programmers, and many others including the data center and web-guys.  Hardware people are IT people.   Software people are IT people.  Sometimes even Help Desk people are IT people.  Take a second and think about all of the people in your organization that are in IT.


OK ... Are you back?  All of these people in IT focus on the management of the information or data in some way shape or form.  And all of them use technology to assist them with that focus.   But ... it is not just the people in IT that use technology to get their information.  Everybody in the organization has a focus on information and technology.


My problem is the emphasis on the term "Technology" to describe the division.  Is "Technology" the right word to use?  FreeDictionary.com says that "Technology" is the "Electronic or digital products and systems considered as a group".  By using the term "Technology" (as part of IT) we directed the focus to ... drum roll please ... the technology, the products and systems created and delivered by IT.  The majority of the emphasis from IT in the past has been on the products and systems they produce while little focus of IT has been set aside for the discipline or management of the people that are associated with using the information and the technology.


So what should we call IT?  Or should there be two separate groups, one focusing on technology and the other on the people?  The term "Information Management" is already taken.  IM is often disguised with a variety of names such as Data Management (DM), Data Resource Management (DRM) and Data Administration (DA), with the inclusion of "Enterprise" before the name where appropriate.  Perhaps we should separate the DM, DRM and DA from IT and place it in a separate division called Information Resource Management (IRM) or Information Resource Discipline (IRD).  I prefer the former (IRM) which is not a new term.


You probably heard about the appearance (and semi-disappearance) of the term Enterprise Information Management (EIM) which holds a different meaning depending on who you ask.  Generally, EIM combines the Business Intelligence (BI) and Enterprise Content Management (ECM) components of information management.  Technology vendors such as Oracle, IBM, Microsoft, and SAP are making progress into integrated solutions in BI and ECM but it is recognized that they still have a long way to go. [Wikipedia on EIM]


Information Resource Management, as an organizational division, seems to make good sense.  IRM should serve as the people aspect of managing information, the people and the accountability and authoritative aspect of defining, producing, using, classifying, securing, ... "governing" high quality data and information.  Ask any data management professional and, dollars to donuts, they will likely tell you that the separation of IT and IRM into separate divisions would be a good thing.  This is just my guess.


More and more these days, organizations are recognizing the need to focus on the "people" aspect of IT along with the use of technology.  The focus on the people aspect of IT has sparked the overuse of the term "Governance" which has been applied to Data, SOA and IT Governance.


Where should Data Governance - "the execution and enforcement of authority over the management of data and data-related resources" (my definition) - reside in an organization?  Should it reside or be managed out of IT?  Should it reside in a single Business Area?  Should Data Governance reside in a shared services part of the organization similar to IT but focused on stewardship and people management?  Perhaps the development of an IRM Division would make a lot of sense.


What would that IRM Division look like?  Would it be made up of IT People?  Here we go around again. 


I will blog more on this later.  Please chime in and comment if you feel like it.  The separation of IT and IRM - whew! What a concept.


-- Bob Seiner - 02/10/2009 --

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Dear TDAN.com Readers,


The new issue (February 2009) of The Data Administration Newsletter (TDAN.com) has been posted.  TDAN.com is in its thirteenth year of providing quality content for data management professionals.  Thank you for being a readerNote the new look for the site; a suggestion from a dedicated reader.


The February issue contains New Articles from yours truly, Robert S. Seiner (The Stewardship Approach to Data Governance: Part 10), Malcolm Chisholm (Why Data Models Cannot Work), Bill Lewis (The Requirements Bill of Material: A Walkthrough) and Charlie Betz (The CMDB is an Operational Data Store).  Three Feature Columns were added including Ronald G. Ross (Business Rules), Adrian Miley (Architecture is Subjective; Design is Objective) and Loretta Smith (The DAMA Corner).  Links to new articles on the BeyeNETWORK and other sources have been added.  Also, a new section titled TDAN.com BlogWatch was recently added and gets updated regularly.


PLEASE send me articles you are interested in having published through this award winning publication.  I am still looking to add Feature Columns that will run quarterly in Jan/Apr/Jul/Oct, Feb/May/Aug/Nov and Mar/Jun/Sep/Dec.  Please send me an email with your ideas.



The rest of the publication continues to be updated regularly including an updated list of data-oriented conferences in 2009, updates to the book list of several top books published in late '08 and '09, business resource lists, companies and products list and more.  The quote of the week and 5 data oriented news stories (TDANews) continue to be updated weekly.


I am always interested in your feedback regarding the new issue.  Please feel free to contact me with suggestions and comments.  A form has been set up through the Contact tab to submit these comments.  Thanks.


NEW Articles Added for February 2009:


-- The Stewardship Approach to Data Governance: Part 10

The Data Governance Planning Team and The Role of IT

By Robert S. Seiner



Seiner Public Course/Workshop on "Non-Invasive Data Governance"â„¢
in Pittsburgh, PA (US) on May 11-12, 2009 - Click here for information.

-- Why Data Models Cannot Work
by Malcolm Chisholm



-- The Requirements Bill of Materials: A Walkthrough  
by Bill Lewis



-- The CMDB is an Operational Data Store
by Charlie Betz




NEW Feature Columns Added for February 2009:


-- Business Rules - February 2009
Are Integrity Constraints Business Rules?

by Ronald G. Ross


-- Architecture is Subjective; Design is Objective - February 2009
Creating the Architectural Framework: Architectural Patterns & Models

by Adrian Miley



-- The DAMA Corner - February 2009

For Members, By Members
by Loretta Smith for DAMA International



NEW Special Features Added for February 2009:


-- The Last Lecture - An As-We-Go Review Parts 1 & 2
by Robert S. Seiner



Seiner Public Course/Workshop on "Non-Invasive Data Governance"â„¢
in Pittsburgh, PA (US) on May 11-12, 2009 - Click here for information.

Also on the Pages of TDAN.com this Month:


-- Book Reviews



-- Updated Conference List



-- Updated Business Resource Section



-- Updated Book List



-- Special Features



-- Updated Company & Product List



TDAN.com Media Sponsor & Speaking Engagements:


Please visit the web sites for these events by clicking through their banners on the TDAN.com site.  TDAN.com promotes the industry leading events through the publishing of papers, banners, links and reviews of the best of the best industry events:



-- Data Governance Conference Europe 2009 - THIS WEEK!

DebTech International, IRMUK & Wilshire Conferences

February 2-5, 2009 - London, England UK *



-- Winter World Conference - TDWI - THIS MONTH!

The Data Warehousing Institute

February 22-27, 2009 - Las Vegas, Nevada *



-- Enterprise Data World 2009

DAMA International & Wilshire Conferences

April 5-9, 2009 - Tampa, Florida *



-- Spring World Conference - TDWI

The Data Warehousing Institute

May 3-8, 2009 - Chicago, Illinois



-- Data Governance Conference 2009

DebTech International & Wilshire Conferences

June 1-4, 2009 - San Diego, California *



* Robert S. Seiner, Publisher of TDAN.com & Data Governance Specialist, will be speaking at this event.


Thank you very much for your continued interest and support of The Data Administration Newsletter.  The newsletter's success is closely tied to the submissions of excellent articles by industry specialists and practitioners like yourself.  If you are interested in publishing an article, please let me know as soon as possible. The deadlines typically fall monthly before new content is added.  Do you have an article in you?  I hope to hear from you.

Comments on the new issue of TDAN.com are always welcome.
Have a great month.

Robert S. Seiner

President & Principal
KIK Consulting & Educational Services, LLC

The Data Administration Newsletter, LLC

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