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A Short History of the ER Diagram and Information Modeling

by Paul Williams Data modeling came into vogue in the 1970s driven by the need to properly model databases or even real-world business processes. Peter Chen, an attendee at this year’s Enterprise Data World conference, popularized the Entity-Relationship model in a paper published in 1976. The previous year, A. P. G. Brown, in a publication…

The New Wave of Data as a Service

by Paul Williams The continued growth of Cloud Computing has led to a host of IT-related service offerings derived and consumed at a cloud level. Platform as a Service (PaaS), Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), and Software as a Service (SaaS) are some of the most popular products – and acronyms – emerging out of…

Big Data goes to Mars (and Back)

by Jody Ray Bennett NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory made international headlines last month when its Curiosity rover made a successful landing on the red planet’s Gale Crater. Launched on November 26th, 2011, Curiosity traveled over 350 million miles to touch down just 1.5 miles away from its target on August 6th, 2012. Equipped with a…

Inspirations for Women in Data Management

by Shannon Kempe This article started at Enterprise Data World 2012 when Karen Lopez was a panelist on the talk, What to Look for at EDW this year – a Guide for Novices and Experts. The question posed to Karen was regarding how she got into data management, and the answer was simply, “I was…

Operationalizing Data Governance

by Paul Williams Data Quality and Data Governance continue to grow in importance for data professionals, especially with the emphasis on organizational compliance in the wake of the recent financial crisis as well as the nearly decade-old Sarbanes-Oxley Act. Remember, officers of any enterprise can be held legally accountable for non-compliance. Anyone establishing a Data…

A Look at the Architecture Tradeoff Analysis Method (ATAM)

by Paul Williams “He who doesn’t lay his foundations before hand, may by great abilities do so afterward, although with great trouble to the architect and danger.” – Machiavelli Machiavelli’s prescient quote applies equally as well to the software development process today as it did regarding building architecture in 16th Century Italy. Getting software architecture…

So You Want To Be a Data Governance Manager?

by Jody Ray Bennett How do companies keep track of the overflow of data in a technology driven market?  How can data be turned into an asset?  How does one discern good data from unusable data?  If you have a genuine interest in organizing data for profit, then perhaps you should consider the role of…

Resolving The Primary Key Fiasco

by Michael Brackett Primary keys are a major component of formal data resource design.  However, the designation and use of primary keys is often informal based on physical implementation.  The result is an increase in data disparity and difficulty navigating an organization’s data resource. A recent online discussion posed the question about whether there could…

A Short History of Data Warehousing

by Paul Williams The relational database revolution in the early 1980s ushered in an era of improved access to the valuable information contained deep within data. Still improvements were needed. It was soon discovered that databases modeled to be efficient at transactional processing were not always optimized for complex reporting or analytical needs. In fact,…

So You Want to be a Java Engineer?

by Jody Ray Bennett In today’s technology-driven market, programming languages are big business.  Being able to successfully write code offers companies the advantage of reaching a wider consumer base through the Internet.  The easier a program is to navigate, the more apt users are to return and utilize the programs offered by a business.  Of…