Rod MacPherson

Knocking down Software Silos

Rod MacPherson

by Rod MacPherson “In the beginning…..” there were opportunities. Opportunities to solve problems, opportunities to make processes more efficient through automation. For virtually every organization, process challenges were solved with automated solutions throughout the enterprise.  Accounting processes were automated, supply chain was automated, program delivery was automated. All of it, one process at a time.…

Strategic Analytics: The Final Frontier for “Enterprise” Data

Rod MacPherson

by Rod MacPherson Sorry for the bad pun.  I have been blogging recently about the incredible achievements of NASA- nailing the landing of the latest Mars Rover-Curiosity.  After a journey of 350,000,000 miles, it landed within 1.5 miles of its target. The jubilation in mission control was unconfined, as the team of mission monitors and…

Using the DAMA DM-BOK to Drive Data Management Policy- Part 1

Rod MacPherson

by Rod MacPherson When I attended Enterprise Data World (EDW) 2011 in Chicago, I was fortunate to sit in a session led by April Reeve describing how she used the DAMA Data Management Body of Knowledge (DMBOK) to develop a maturity assessment instrument that she deployed within a mortgage bank.  Taking inspiration from this, I…

Open Data is Driving Enhanced Data Management Practices in Government

Rod MacPherson

by Rod MacPherson I recently hosted an Executive Breakfast Seminar on Open Data in Ottawa, Canada and was pleasantly surprised by the greater than expected turnout by senior government personnel wanting to learn more about the risk, challenges, opportunities and benefits of Canada’s Open Government Action Plan.  (see data.gc.ca) Like many other jurisdictions, including 30…