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APR 3, 2013 11:57am ET

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Without Data Management Standards - Anarchy!


When I posted a blog on Don’t Establish Data Management Standards (it was also on Information Management's website as Data Management Standards are a Barrier) I expected some resistance.  I mean, why post a blog and not have the courage to be provocative, right? 

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Comments (2)
Hi Michele,

I'm behind you all the way. The old ways die hard.

Models are representations of things that provide utility. We need to manage one or more mappings to the models and allow for both variants and change, while preserving controls and history.

The defenders for models can only feel satisfied if they close their eyes to all of the problems of Enterprise IT. Look at the rigidly structured applications, the lack of enterprise-wide interoperability, all of the shadow systems, and all of the BS records that their models bring forth.

That's the problem with conventional IT thinking everyone is so specialized they can't see the forest for the trees. They just see their part and want it perfectly controlled at any cost.

Classic modular reductionism. Sad, but keep up the good fight and take solace that their ideas will end up on the ash heap of history.

Best, Dave Duggal

Posted by Dave D | Friday, April 05 2013 at 9:40AM ET
Thanks Michelle - this clarification goes well as a companion-piece to your earlier post. (In fact, I'd say the argument is only made and complete with both facets presented.)

I've always advocated for standards as a foundation and framework, but standards need to be adaptive and responsive to changing circumstances. A standard that can't deal with changing needs is not a standard worth investing in; if it doesn't actively support achievement of business value, then it's worse than worthless.

Posted by Alan D | Sunday, April 07 2013 at 10:57PM ET
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