John Biderman

Is There Such a Thing As Predictive Analytics?

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by John Biderman Past performance is no guarantee of future results. – ubiquitous investment disclaimer Never make predictions, especially about the future.– Casey Stengel You can file this under “semantic nit-picking.” Or maybe not.  The phrases “predictive analytics” and “predictive models” get thrown around a lot these days, especially in the context of what we…

My NoSQL/Big Data Epiphany

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by John Biderman Let’s face it: the whole NoSQL/Big Data thing has traditional data management professionals (in whose ranks I count myself) at best concerned, at worst terrified.  Several of our most closely held shibboleths are being sundered.  Where’s the data model?  Where are the keys, the constraints?  How do I enforce data quality? How…

The Enterprise Model: Build or Buy?

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by John Biderman As I’ve written here before, I am a big proponent of the value of an enterprise data model (which I will shorthand as “EDM” henceforth) for all the benefits it provides, among them: describing the data requirements and relationships for the enterprise, which aids data integration projects and helps prevent unnecessary data…

Agile Architecture: You Can’t Just “Make the Dirt Fly”

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by John Biderman When President Theodore Roosevelt commissioned construction of the Panama Canal (bear with me; this will be made relevant to data topics shortly) it was overseen by a committee in Washington who hired a seasoned engineer, John Findley Wallace, and dispatched him to the isthmus with the directive to “make the dirt fly.” …

EIM Means You Need an EDM

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By John Biderman I have a firmly, almost righteously, held belief that you can’t do Enterprise Information Management without some form of an enterprise information model.  In fact, without one I don’t think you can effectively and efficiently do Enterprise Data [fill-in-the-blank]: Architecture, Management, Integration, Warehousing, Services, etc.  This seems such a truism – admittedly from…