by Ian Rowlands
As this is my first blog for DATAVERSITY™, I want to set out my stall. I will cover these topics. I would welcome your suggestions for metadata-related issues that you think I have missed!
Top of my list is “why isn’t metadata managed more successfully”. Over more than 25 years of working with metadata, I have seen many implementations. They fall into three kinds: Outright flops, short or mid-term successes, and sustainable successes. The sustainable successes are a small minority. I will be blogging about what I see as the root causes, and what I think we can do about them.
Next is “new stuff”. Metadata management is a discipline that harmonizes information from many moving parts. The rate of change is dizzying. This week’s hot topics are Cloud and Big Data. I want to blog about those. I know that next week’s hot topics might be different and I am planning to keep up-to-date with the things that I see occupying the attention of those that I talk with. That will not always be the same as focusing on the latest buzzwords. I am more interested in what is really happening than in what is top of the hype charts.
Thirdly, there will be a thread that I suppose is an old IT professional rambling down memory lane. From time to time, I see or hear things that just make me want to reminisce about the good (or not so good) old days. An example was being at the Enterprise Data World 2012 Conference this year and seeing John Zachman and Dr. Peter Chen in close proximity, which started me musing about the history of databases, enterprise architecture, and their interaction.
Finally, I expect I will blog about technical topics that somehow relate to metadata management – Semantics, Content, Big Data, Data Management … Pretty much anything that I hope you will find interesting.
Thank you for stopping by. I look forward to our “conversations.”