Posts Tagged ‘information governance’

Hey business man, are you taking charge of your data?

August 16, 2011

Industrial analysts like Gartner and thought leaders all around agree that information should be treated as a reliable asset that drives many operational and strategic decisions. Along this line, information governance is an emerging business strategy attempting to regain competitive advantage from earlier investments in data management technologies.  In a recent survey, IBM found that 65% of companies from various sectors across the USA – are eager to roll out information governance even before the next business year ends. The question however remains.

What is information governance about and how exactly should we implement it?

Is there a one-size-fits-all approach as claimed by many software vendors, or does every organization require a unique plan?

At the VU University in Amsterdam, Ramon sistermans and me are looking to find an empirical answer to these questions. Through a survey we can identify information governance needs at different layers of the company and find out how technology vendors can gear their products towards meeting these needs.

To all data professionals worldwide, please help us enlighten the dark concept of Information Governance by filling out our survey:


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

May 26, 2011

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.