What is a Chief Data Officer (CDO)?

A Chief Data Officer (CDO) helps bridge the gap between technology and business. This person evangelizes an enterprise-wide Data Management strategy at a senior level. The CDO leads Data Management initiatives, enabling an organization to leverage its data assets and gain a competitive advantage from them. A CDO tends to be part business strategist, adviser, […]

What is Data Integration?

Data integration refers to actions taken in creating consistent, quality, and usable data from one or more diverse data sets. As technologies become more complex and change over time, data variety and volume grow exponentially and the speed of data transfer becomes ever shorter. Data integration has and will continue to become more critical to […]

What are Microservices?

Microservices are a flexible, single-purpose software program essentially compatible with any application. Think of them like individual pieces of furniture. Each article (e.g., a sofa, chair, or table) can stand apart and function. But the sum of things make-up the whole (e.g. a chair can surround a table for eating in a dining room or […]

What is Hyperconvergence (HCI)?

Hyperconvergence (HCI) is a software infrastructure that integrates multiple compute, network, and storage resources into one system.  Think of it as a closet full of customized, matching outfits. Matching pants, shirts, and jackets hang on one hanger and jeans, t-shirts, and sweaters hang from another. A person can easily pull both from the same place: […]

What is a Digital Twin?

A digital twin is a virtual device that contains the exact state, information, and organization of the physical device to which it is connected. Think of it as a test version before proceeding with product development or interacting with a real-world device. Digital twins go hand-in-hand with implementing the Internet of Things (IoT). Industrial companies […]

What is a Data Fabric?

A Data Fabric: “Is a distributed Data Management platform whose objective is to combine various types of data storage, access, preparation, analytics, and security tools in a fully compliant manner to support seamless Data Management.”   This concept has gained traction as technologies, such as the Internet of Things, need to have a consistent way of […]

What Is Data Preparation?

Data preparation describes the process of getting data ready for use in analytics. In the past, data preparation was a time-consuming task handled by the IT team, involving “data extraction, transformation and loading (ETL), access to data warehouses and data marts, and lots of complicated massaging and manipulation of data across other data sources,” says […]

What is DataOps?

DataOps (Data Operations) is collaborative Data Management practices “focused on improving the communication, integration, and automation of data flows” to create predictable delivery and change management of data, data models, and related artifacts. DataOps were created as a better way to develop and deliver analytics, and to aid the data engineers, business uses, analysts, and […]

What Is Data Visualization?

Data visualization describes the shape of information formed in a graph depicting a particular context.  Data visualizations contain contextual information (the metadata) and the actual data, making the information more straightforward for people to process and analyze. According to DAMA-DMBoK2, data visualizations cover traditional BI tools like “tables, pie charts, line charts, area charts, bar […]

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