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February 2015 DATAVERSITY Letter from the Editor

Letter from the Editor

We are already a month into 2015! How did that happen? It is said that the older you get, the faster time seems to go by, but sheesh! At this rate, it won’t be long before a month will take the appearance of a second! Well, let’s get right to it before it’s March (or…

Celebrate Love in February – Cautiously

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by Cathy Nolan Remember Bill Murray in Groundhog’s Day when he gets as many “do-overs” as he needs to find love? Unfortunately the rest of us don’t have that option and with the other big February holiday coming up—you know, the one where you exchange mushy cards and candy—we all need to be a little…

What’s The (Enterprise) Data Buzz?

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by Ian Rowlands Once again I’ve been honored with the opportunity to speak at this year’s Enterprise Data World (EDW) Conference in Washington in April. It is an honor. There are always more people interested in speaking than there are slots. When I looked at the agenda, I wondered what topics people were interested in.…

The Challenge of Data-Driven Security in the Petabyte Era

James Kobielus

by James Kobielus What keeps security professionals up all night? It’s worrying about the things that might be slipping through the cracks. In an online world of extraordinary complexity, it’s safe to assume that something somewhere is always slipping through the cracks. As I stated in a slightly different context here, the security devil’s in…

When To Use the UML for Databases (And When Not To)

Michael Blaha

by Michael Blaha The UML is a popular notation for modeling software artifacts. Even though the UML was mostly developed for programming, it is also relevant for databases. This article takes a critical look at using the UML for databases. What is the UML? The UML (an acronym for Unified Modeling Language) is a general-purpose…

Data Management and Low Hanging Fruit

Janine Joseph

Did Steve Jobs Pick Low Hanging Fruit?by Janine Joseph Recently I had a conversation about how we need to “pick the low hanging fruit” for work in Data Management. By picking the low hanging fruit we can start to show quick wins that help support our efforts. While I don’t necessarily disagree with this idea,…

To Err is Human; to Keep Erring is Stupid – Part 2

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by John Ladley On my last blog, I received a comment that I should not call people “stupid.” To be clear, I am not calling anyone stupid. What I am pointing out is the tendency in organizations to continue to do things that just do not contribute to success, or worse, contribute immediately to failure.…

January 2015 DATAVERSITY Letter from the Editor

Letter from the Editor

Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a fabulous end to 2014 and are off to a good start in 2015. We certainly have a lot going on here at DATAVERSITY, so let me jump right into the announcements. Starting today, we will be merging the two DATAVERSITY Education, LLC trade journals, DATAVERSITY.net and SemanticWeb.com.…