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Asset Analytics & Lasting Records

by Nigel Turner, VP Information Management Strategy, Trillium Software

BirminghamAfter London, Birmingham is the UK’s second largest city. With a population of around one million it grew rapidly during the Industrial Revolution to become a powerhouse of British industry. Much of the heavy industry has long since vanished but it remains a vibrant and diverse place with a rich cultural heritage. For instance, many of Britain’s best known rock bands – Black Sabbath, the Moody Blues, Duran Duran & the ELO – all started life in Birmingham. And between them they created some lasting records – for instance Nights in White Satin, Paranoid, Mr. Blue Sky, and Say a Prayer.

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Open Sesame? Letting the Data Genie Out of the Bottle

by Nigel Turner, VP Information Management Strategy, Trillium Software

GenieLetting genies out of bottles can be a risky business. In Aladdin's case the genie helped him to achieve his most coveted wishes. Other genies can however be more malevolent, turning wishes into nightmares. And so it is with releasing the data genie. Opening up your data to the wider world can similarly fulfil wishes, or lead to censure & misery.

One of our data industry's current hot topics is Open Data, a subject which I've discussed in previous blogs. Open Data is a self-explanatory concept, unlike many in our profession. It's data released by organisations which others are free to use, usually at no or very minimal cost. As you might expect, national governments and their institutions are at the forefront of this, given the public demand for transparency in public affairs. The UK government, for example, has made over 17,000 data sets available via its web sites. 64 countries globally are doing the same, including the US where one estimate claims there are over one million accessible data sets, provided by federal and state governments, academia and other public spirited bodies. These data sets include a potential goldmine, covering such diverse topics as meteorology, environmental impacts, demographics, health, education, transport and so on.

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Healthcare - The Sickness of Poor Data Accountability

by Nigel Turner, VP Information Management Strategy, Trillium Software

HealthcareAs I write this, my national soccer team has been knocked out in the initial stages of the World Cup after narrow defeats by Italy & Uruguay. To say the least, the week was a depressing one for many who live in England.

But this recurring national sense of disappointment (which surfaces every four years when a World Cup is held – England's only ever win was in 1966 as the Beatles were conquering the world of pop music) was made even worse this time by the fact that another of its institutions has also scored a massive own goal.

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Data Protection and Privacy - Act Now Before the Act

by Nigel Turner, VP Information Management Strategy, Trillium Software

Data-privacy"All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players" is one of Shakespeare's most quoted lines. Spoken by the cynical & melancholy character Jaques in Act II of 'As You Like It' it reminds us that we strut our data management stuff against a constantly changing backdrop. If we don't keep aware of the scenery shifts we can easily get it wrong.

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Cloud Computing – A Gathering Storm for Data Governance?

by Nigel Turner, VP Information Management Strategy, Trillium Software

Gathering-storm In the latest of Trillium Software’s Hashtag chats (see #DQChat for details of the discussion) I moderated a session focusing on the rapid growth of Cloud Computing and its impact on Data Governance. We explored questions such as: How is Cloud impacting Data Governance? What are the major issues to be addressed? How can these be tackled? How does Data Governance as a discipline need to evolve to meet these challenges? Is Cloud a gathering storm for Data Governance and its practitioners or a sunlit window of opportunity?

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The Big Data Boom – The Need for Sound Advice?

by Nigel Turner, VP Information Management Strategy, Trillium Software

AdviceIn my last blog on Big Data I made a plea for investment in data quality and assurance. Without this the eye watering sums of money now being spent on Big Data infrastructure & projects could end badly for many organisations leaping on the Big Data bandwagon.

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The Big Data Boom – An Imminent Bang?

by Nigel Turner, VP Information Management Strategy, Trillium Software

BigbangdataThe Big Data explosion has arrived and is here to stay. Some industry commentators who have tried to label the Big Data phenomenon as vendor generated hype must now be eating their words. Recent industry analyses and forecasts have demonstrated that Big Data has moved rapidly from the sandpit into the heart of many enterprise data architectures.

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Changing The Game – How is Big Data Impacting Data Quality?

by Nigel Turner, VP Information Management Strategy, Trillium Software

ChagegameblogDoes Big Data spell the demise or renaissance of long established data quality approaches, tools and techniques? This was one of the questions recently explored in our latest Trillium Software Hashtag Chat. For those of you who are unsure what a Hashtag Chat is, it’s a Twitter based chat room where particular questions and topics can be explored in a real time forum.

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It must be Christmas - Ding Dongs and Datathons

by Nigel Turner, VP Information Management Strategy, Trillium Software

ChristmasI write this in the last full working week before Christmas. I must be honest and admit I am not known for my deep love of the festive season, where in the UK it’s often a time for crass consumerism, gluttony and dire TV Christmas specials, mainly featuring shows you dislike all year round, made twice as long and half as entertaining. But before you badge me as a total Bah Humbug, I also welcome the break and the time to spend quality time with friends and family.

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Data's Not Monkey Business: Celebrating DAMA UK’S 10th Anniversary

by Nigel Turner, VP Information Management Strategy, Trillium Software

MonkeycymbalsIn the UK we value eccentricity. Last week the surviving members of the Monty Python team announced that they are getting back together for a series of live shows some 40 years after the last episode appeared on the BBC. The tickets sold out within a few minutes, showing that we still treasure their surreal brand of humour with its references to silly walks, dead parrots & Spam loving Vikings.

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