Are you scratching the metadata surface or governing the corporate information space? Insights in Business Semantics Management


I am invited to talk at DAMA International Conference 2011, in London, UK, November 2011. The yearly conference organised by DAMA, the premier organisation of data management professionals worldwide. The conference programme is not public yet, but I post here already the abstract for my talk.

Clear and uniform business definitions are an essential starting point for information governance. However, many tools applied for managing them still operate on the mere technical metadata level.  Yet, to empower business-driven information governance, technical metadata should be seeking grounding in business semantics that are agreed on by subject matter experts. They define a richer contextual meaning of key business assets for your organization in terms of business vocabularies and rules.

Walking through business cases in technology, finance and government, attendees will learn that:

  1. Business semantics in OMG SVBR is structured in such a way that it provide a shared understanding on rules and policies regarding information assets, as well as a technical specification that can be applied in the technical infrastructure.
  2. Feedback from their application in data integration, provide deep insights into the quality of business semantics and information.
  3. Agreeing on and total quality assurance of business semantics requires a collaborative and iterative approach, involving relevant subject matter experts from both business and IT.
  4. In this collaborative effort, workflows practically implement the orchestration of tasks to stakeholders according to their roles and responsibilities.

In the talk I will give an overview of different technologies, but special attention goes to Collibra’s Business Semantics Glossary, a collaborative business semantics management tool adopting SBVR. Recently Collibra’s technology was recently praised by Gartner as Cool Vendor in Enterprise Information Management 2011. Earlier, Collibra was listed as one of 16 semantic technology companies to watch by PriceWaterhouseCoopers’ Technology Forecast in Spring 2009.

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