Ian Rowlands

Why Isn’t Data Governance Viewed More Strategically?

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by Ian Rowlands Yes, I know I’ve been quiet recently. Three separate things have slowed my blogging down. One is that work has been really busy. That’s a good thing, of course, but it limits time for thinking and writing!  The second thing is that I’ve actually taken some vacation and I just didn’t have…

Is Data Governance Dying?

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by Ian Rowlands There was a plaintive note  on LinkedIn recently from Jim Barker, Director of Data Management at Honeywell. You can see his link here — http://lnkd.in/bDyr__Y . He’s conducting a survey for on what firms are doing on Data Governance for a thesis he’s writing. Please review the survey and consider participating. What…

Metadata Management Q&A – Part 2

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by Ian Rowlands I was privileged to do a webinar on March 19th as a preview for a session that I’m doing at the Enterprise data World Conference in Austin on April 30th. I got some really good questions and I thought I’d use my DATAVERSITY Blog to address some of them in two parts…

Metadata Management Q&A – Part 1

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by Ian Rowlands I was privileged to do a webinar on March 19th as a preview for a session that I’m doing at the Enterprise Data World Conference in Austin on April 30th. I got some really good questions and I thought I’d use my DATAVERSITY Blog to address some of them. Q: What’s the…

A Grand Unified Theory of Metadata

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by Ian Rowlands There’s a wonderful idea in particle physics called a “Grand Unified Theory.” These theories unite the interaction of forces – and if ever one can be proved to be true then all these basic physical forces will be aspects of the same force. (OK, yes physic geeks, I’ve really over-simplified it, please…

Big Data Changes the Metadata Point of View

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by Ian Rowlands I was talking to some very smart people about a knotty metadata problem yesterday. It eventually got to the dinosaur (me) explaining to the bright young things (everyone else) about how old-fashioned mainframe programs worked – and as I talked about the way COBOL handled datasets, records and fields it really brought…

Does “Big” Data Have A Future?

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by Ian Rowlands OK. Calm down! I’m not saying that Hadoop, NoSQL, Mongo and all the rest have no future. Quite the contrary! It’s just the special label “Big Data”. It’s just going to be data … There is a presumption, and a peculiarity, about how we technical people tend to categorize information assets. The…

“It’s Only Metadata…”

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by Ian Rowlands I should start this blog by stating firmly that I am NOT taking a partisan position. As I write controversy is raging about the clandestine gathering of electronic information by the U.S. intelligence community. It is not my purpose to bash the current administration. For what it’s worth, I believe that they…

Metadata Sledgehammers and Information Management Nuts

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by Ian Rowlands As regular readers might have detected by now, one of my continuing concerns is that many metadata management programs (and in fact, many data management programs) are not sustainable. They launch well, and then stall. Most English language variants have an idiom that describes the process of using too powerful a tool…