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David Loshin

Welcome to my BeyeNETWORK Blog. This is going to be the place for us to exchange thoughts, ideas and opinions on all aspects of the information quality and data integration world. I intend this to be a forum for discussing changes in the industry, as well as how external forces influence the way we treat our information asset. The value of the blog will be greatly enhanced by your participation! I intend to introduce controversial topics here, and I fully expect that reader input will "spice it up." Here we will share ideas, vendor and client updates, problems, questions and, most importantly, your reactions. So keep coming back each week to see what is new on our Blog!

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David is the President of Knowledge Integrity, Inc., a consulting and development company focusing on customized information management solutions including information quality solutions consulting, information quality training and business rules solutions. Loshin is the author of The Practitioner's Guide to Data Quality Improvement, Master Data Management, Enterprise Knowledge Management: The Data Quality Approachand Business Intelligence: The Savvy Manager's Guide. He is a frequent speaker on maximizing the value of information. David can be reached at loshin@knowledge-integrity.com or at (301) 754-6350.

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February 2006 Archives

My most recent articles dealt with simple business rules to be used for data validation generated a flurry of emails from people within the business rule and semantics community. One of the emails referred me to another blog site (as a matter of conscience, I will disclose that the blog is hosted at the Fair Isaac corporate web site) on "Enterprise Decision Management" that actually looked kind of interesting.

I am seeing a bunch of new three-letter acronyms, such as EDM (Enterprise Decision Management), EIM (Enterprise Information Management). Anyone else seeing news TLAs?


Posted February 28, 2006 10:24 AM
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Just got back from TDWI Las Vegas. Interesting things to note:

- There seems to be a growing interest in data quality and data governance as an integral part of business applications, as indicated by the number of courses that refer or focus on data quality tools and technology.

- Some of the hot topics included real-time/"right-time" BI, Service-Oriented approaches to data warehousing and BI, and there were even some side conversations discussing Software as a Service (SaaS).

Check out the podcasts that Claudia and I moderated.


Posted February 24, 2006 6:49 AM
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Just got back from TDWI Las Vegas. Interesting things to note:

- There seems to be a growing interest in data quality and data governance as an integral part of business applications, as indicated by the number of courses that refer or focus on data quality tools and technology.

- Some of the hot topics included real-time/"right-time" BI, Service-Oriented approaches to data warehousing and BI, and there were even some side conversations discussing Software as a Service (SaaS).

Check out the podcasts that Claudia and I moderated.


Posted February 24, 2006 6:49 AM
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As I noted just days ago, in the shadow of Informatica's acquisition of Similarity Systems, it is reported that Firstlogic, one of the few remaining independent data quality tools vendors has been is planned to be acquired by Business Objects. The $69 million cash transaction certainly seems to be much more appealing than the suitor in their previous engagement.


Posted February 8, 2006 4:24 PM
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The other day I read in the paper that Western Union was shutting down its telegram service, as is reported here. The value proposition of the telegram product was its ability to transmit short messages across long distances realtively quickly. Yet with the growth of email, instant messaging, mobile text messaging, etc. the value of sending a telegram transformed from content delivery to anachronistic curiosity ("Let's send Uncle Joe a telegram to celebrate his 96th birthday."). Reflecting (or, perhaps perturbing) Marshall McLuhan's comment that the "medium is the message," the acts of sending and receiving telegrams outweighed the actual messages contained within them.

It is interesting to consider that transmitting telegrams was a large part of Wester Union's business, but as part of a natural approach to business survival, what was once bread and butter is now being completely eliminated from the operational diet. Something most businesses should keep in mind: if you see that external events are significantly reducing the value proposition of your products, reinvent your business to remain competitive.


Posted February 6, 2006 11:01 AM
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Informatica's purchase of Similarity continues the consolidation in the data quality tools market that we have been tracking over the past year or so. Absent Pitney Bowe's aborted acquisition of Firstlogic, the absorption of DQ technology into a greater data integration environment seems to be, at this point, a fait accompli. With most major US DQ tools vendors now part of something bigger (Trillium, which owns Avellino, is itself owned by Harte-Hanks, Dataflux is owned by SAS, Vality and Metagenix's tools have been sucked into Ascential, now a prime part of IBM's data motion strategy, and Evoke, tossed by CSI into Similarity's hands is now part of Informtica).

Data profiling seems to be a key component - everybody's doin' it, including Oracle (with a sophisticated tool embedded within OWB), Informatica has a nice profiling capability as part of Power Center. I hear in dark alleyways that Ab Initio has a profiling capability also. This does dovetail with my continuing observations on how profiling has numerous uses that span the information management lifecycle.

So what is next for the DQ tools industry? Here are my predictions: look for additional consolidation on the standardization and matching/record linkage side - smaller vendors may be absorbed by other larger concerns just to "stay in the game." Also: there are still two relatively senior DQ tools vendors still unattached, Firstlogic and Innovative - one or both may be candidates for marriage. Lastly: look for innovation in the DQ tools space from Europe and Asia, where there is a more penetrating understanding of engineering data quality into the development process.


Posted February 6, 2006 6:27 AM
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I will be at the upcoming DCI Business Intelligence and Data Warehousing conference in Chicago on Feb 8 and 9. I will be arriving Wednesday morning, and will be speaking on Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. on the “Data Quality technology Center of Excellence.” I will also moderate a breakfast roundtable discussion on Thursday morning, Feb 9.

I will have time available for one-on-one conversations during those days, and if you are attending the conference, or are located in the Chicago area, and you would like to schedule a 1/2-hour meeting, please contact me at (301)-754-6350, or via email at loshin@knowledge-integrity.com.


Posted February 1, 2006 7:29 AM
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