Volume 1, Issue 1 - March 2007 Edition

Featured Articles

What is the Price of Data Protection?
By Bill Burke

It is the responsibility of every person who uses, manages, collects and distributes data for personal or company use to guard that data from “escaping.” Likewise, the process of finding and using data must not be so cumbersome that everyone keeps their personal copy of the data and clogs their desk with mounds of paperwork or proliferates data throughout their company on desktops, servers or storage arrays.

Monthly Columnists

There appears to be a gross misunderstanding about Architecture, particularly in the information technology community. Many people seem to think that an implementation, an end result, is Architecture. To use an Architecture and Construction example, many people think that the Roman Coliseum is Architecture.

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Enterprise information management is one of the hottest topics in information technology (IT) today. We have several clients that we are working with on meta data management efforts that are well beyond the scope of data warehousing and instead are targeting the entire enterprise. This is vital as these organizations have realized that in order to compete in the “Information Age” that they had better manage their information a whole lot more effectively than they have up to this point. These are the organizations that will really have a definitive advantage over their competition in the coming years.

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Sustainability is a general term, usually associated with “green” initiatives, that address governance of our planet. It includes lowering emissions, reducing dependence on fossil fuel, providing stewardship of our forests and water supplies, minimizing waste, and improving the health of the global population. Wikipedia defines sustainability as “…an attempt to provide the best outcomes for the human and natural environments both now and into the indefinite future. It relates to the continuity of economic, social, institutional, and environmental aspects of human society, as well as the non-human environment.” “Sustainability affects every level of organization, from the local neighborhood to the entire planet.”

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Many organizations have begun to realize that the data and information they create every day is a valuable enterprise asset. It is difficult to imagine any enterprise achieving its goals without pertinent information. Those with accessible and higher quality information will make more informed and more effective business decisions. This is as true for all organizations since all enterprises need quality information to guide their decision-making and to provide optimum service to their customers. For organizations whose primary asset is information, this need is even more critical.

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Governance defines the way we manage, monitor and measure different aspects of an organization. There are governance programs for managing information technology, governance programs for managing people and other tangible resources, and there is data governance.

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Welcome to this new column dealing with issues related to information quality and information management practices that impact information quality in organizations. In our conversations it is our hope that we will help you understand what constitutes good information quality and start you and your organization on a journey to improved information quality. We intend to discuss the root causes leading to poor information quality and practices that have been implemented in organizations around the world that deliver improved information quality.

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Editor’s Letter

Welcome to a new era in information management!  The Enterprise Information Management Institute (EIMI) is proud to present its first edition of the Enterprise Information Management Insight magazine.  It is our goal to provide data management professionals with the most comprehensive knowledge portal and access to the industry’s most respected thought leaders on managing enterprise information assets.  This innovative magazine will feature regular monthly columns by David Marco, John Zachman, Sid Adelman, Len Silverston, Anne Marie Smith, Larrisa Moss, Richard Wang, Bill Burke and Mike Jennings. In addition, EIMI will premier a series of knowledge portals in such areas as meta data management, enterprise architecture, data quality, data governance and master data management. As EIMI matures and progresses it will add forums, vendor areas and more.

In addition to the insightful discipline – specific articles you have come to expect from our world renowned authors, we have asked them to write about ANYTHING they wish to share.  So you can look forward to some truly unique and entertaining articles in issues to come!

By becoming a member of EIMI (it’s free!) you will have access to previous issues of the magazine, previously published articles by our world renowned experts in a keyword searchable format.

Want to become a contributor to EIMI?  Submit your article to me for possible publication in EIMInsight.  Have a comment or suggestion for the magazine or web site?  Email me at [email protected].  Let me hear from you.  It is your input that drives this portal and journal!

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