Usually, when I’ve written a magazine article, I’ll post a brief excerpt here, with a link to the full article. When I moved from the online edition of DM Review (now known as Information Management) to writing a monthly column in the print edition, somehow I forgot to keep doing that.
So here are brief excepts and links to the full articles for the past few months, in case you haven’t already seen them.
Feb. 2009: For years I’ve been recommending that companies investigating or implementing MDM should include business process management in their plans. BPM allows an organization to model, deploy and manage mission-critical processes that span multiple applications, departments and business partners – behind the firewall and over the Internet.
Click on “Business Process Management and MDM” to continue reading.
Mar. 2009: I recently came across a great quote on data quality by Ken Orr in “The Good, the Bad and the Data Quality” from the Cutter Consortium: “Ultimately, poor data quality is like dirt on the windshield. You may be able to drive for a long time with slowly degrading vision, but at some point, you either have to stop and clear the windshield or risk everything.”
Click on “Data Quality and Master Data Management” to continue reading.
Apr. 2009: Third party content is an area that’s close to my heart. I started working intensively with customer and product information more than 20 years ago and was one of the first consultants to integrate Dun & Bradstreet data with Oracle’s applications suite (about seven years ago).
Click on “Filling in the Gaps” to continue reading.
As always, please let me know what you think by commenting here.
I thought I’d recap our “Top 10 blog posts for 2008″ for anyone who might have missed some of them.
- Ten Best Practices for Master Data Management – by far our most popular post (with thanks to MDMSource.com for featuring it)
- Our MDM Partnership Strategy — discusses our vendor-neutral strategy for partnering with the MDM hub vendors
- Different Styles of MDM Hub — outlines differences between Registry, Transaction and Hybrid style hubs
- MDM Business Case Creation & ROI Analysis — links to a “one-pager” on our Business Case Creation & ROI Analysis service
- How Master Data Management is Similar to ERP – talks about the similarities in organizational disciplines and processes between ERP and MDM
- Metadata and Master Data Management — discusses what metadata is and different approaches to managing it in the context of MDM
- Critical Data Quality Questions – outlines four “hard questions” relating to data quality and MDM and suggests ways to answer them
- Building a Data Governance Organization – five points to keep in mind as you build your data governance organization
- Five Essential Elements of MDM — technology (hub, integration, data quality, external content) and organization/process (data governance) required to succeed with MDM
- Importance of Integration to MDM — piece urging MDM project champions to think about the role and importance of data integration
These have all been read 100-800 times in 2008. If you’re interested in my articles in DM Review and speaking engagements, they’re outlined on the Publications page of our web site. If you use Twitter, you can follow me here.
Thank you all for reading this blog!
I’ve been writing a monthly column for the online edition of DM Review since May 2008. It’s been well received, and it was nice to be asked to write a monthly column in the print edition of the magazine.
I posted an except of each month’s online edition column here, with a link to the full article on DMReview.com (just enter “Column in DM Review” in the search box in the top right corner of the blog), and I’ll do the same with my articles in the print edition.
It’s been great working with Jim Ericson and Julie Langenkamp at SourceMedia / DM Review, and we’re talking about some other exciting things for 2009, which we’ll announce here as soon as they’re finalized.
I’d love to hear any feedback you might have on my writing for DM Review via a comment here on the blog.
In a few days, I’ll be heading to the Fall 2008 MDM Summit in New York (Sunday, 10/19/08 through Tuesday, 10/21/08). It will be the 6th MDM Summit I’ve attended and the 5th one where I’ve spoken.
I’ll be on an “Experts and Analysts Panel” with Jill Dyché, Partner & Co-Founder of Baseline Consulting and Aaron Zornes, Chief Research Officer of The MDM Institute. The panel is on the first day of the conference (Sun. 10/19) from 5:15 – 6:00 pm. For more information, go to www.mdm-summit.com/MDM/agenda.html.
If you’re interested in meeting, just drop me a note at www.hubdesigns.com/contact_us.html.
It’s always fun to meet the great people who read this blog!
I’m going to be attending the upcoming MDM Summit in New York on Sunday, 10/19/08 through Tuesday, 10/21/08.
I’ll be on an “Experts and Analysts Panel”, moderated by Jim Ericson, Editorial Director of DM Review, along with Jill Dyché, Partner & Co-Founder of Baseline Consulting and Aaron Zornes, Chief Research Officer of The MDM Institute.
The session will be on the first day of the conference (Sun. 10/19) from 5:15 – 6:00 pm, followed by the opening night reception in the exhibit hall.
I’m looking forward to it – Jim is really sharp, and I always enjoy hearing Jill’s and Aaron’s perspectives on the MDM space.
For more information, go to www.mdm-summit.com/MDM/agenda.html.
DM Review magazine has an excellent e-book on “Best Practices in Master Data Management”, with a cover story on “Project Management Challenges with a Changing Landscape” by Hub Solution Designs.
You can access it at http://sm.ebookhost.net/dmr/mdm/1/ or http://sm.ebookhost.net/dmr/mdm/1/ebook/1/allcontent.pdf.
Our article begins on page 4.
Please let us know what you think by commenting here.
Here’s our latest “MDM Insights” column in the online edition of DM Review.
The technology industry is the mother lode of acronyms, and in the field of master data management (MDM), there are more than a few. We have the subsets of MDM known as customer data integration (CDI) and product information management (PIM). And in the closely related fields of middleware and integration, we’ve got enterprise information integration (EII); enterprise application integration (EAI); extract, transform and load (ETL); service-oriented architecture (SOA), among others. You get the point. Today, the acronym I’d like to focus on is business process management (BPM).
Click on “Master Data Management and Business Process Management” to continue reading.
And please let us know your thoughts by commenting here …
I’ve been building up a Favorites folder of web sites relating to Master Data Management for several years now, so I thought I’d share some of them with you today.
First, I should mention our own site, www.hubdesigns.com. It has some great MDM resources, and we’re updating the Publications page to include our MDM Summit, OAUG Collaborate 08 and DIG 2008 conference presentations.
Another site I find very helpful is www.dmreview.com. And my monthly column, “MDM Insights”, started in their Online Edition last month, discussing Master Data Management and Service-Oriented Architecture.
I’ve always found Aaron Zornes’ analysis of the MDM market and its players very insightful, and I still visit The MDM Institute and the MDM Summit sites pretty often, particularly their MDM product reviews.
A blog I read regularly is Jill Dyché’s Blog. It’s written in a very engaging first person style, but still contains some great nuggets of wisdom about Customer Data Integration, Business Intelligence and Master Data Management.
Another blog that I like is by Steve Sarsfield at Trillium. It has some good content on Data Governance and Data Quality. You can find it at Data Quality Insider.
One of my favorite blog’s is written by Andy Hayler, an industry expert and the founder of Kalido, who has written quite a few good pieces on MDM at Andy on Enterprise Software.
I’ll continue this in “My Favorite MDM-Related Web Sites (Part 2)”.
Here’s my new monthly column, “MDM Insights”, in the online edition of DM Review.
One of the many “hidden benefits” of a successful master data management (MDM) strategy is the contribution it can make to your enterprise’s move toward a service-oriented architecture (SOA).
Click on “Master Data Management and Service-Oriented Architecture” to continue reading.
Please let me know what you think with your comments here …
I don’t want to interrupt the flow of Maureen Butler’s great series on “Building the Business Case”, but I just spoke to Julie Langenkamp, Editor-in-Chief at DM Review, and I’ve agreed to become a monthly columnist for their online edition.
The column will run on the fourth Friday of each month, with the first one appearing on May 23.
Please take a minute to comment if there’s a particular topic you’d like to see me cover.
We wrote the cover story in this month’s issue of DM Review magazine.
The article is on “The Politics of Master Data Management & Data Governance”, and you can find it at: http://www.dmreview.com/issues/2007_45/10000894-1.html.
Please let us know what you think!