Jim Ericson

Editorial Director

Information Management

Jim Ericson is editor emeritus of  Information Management. Follow him on Twitter at @jimericson.

Recent Stories From this Author

Duke Medicine's Big Data Plan to Improve Population Health
July 10, 2014 Health system taps ‘big geo-data’ to predict which people within a given area are likely to be diagnosed with an ailment

Data Managers Crucial to Alignment
April 10, 2014 As "the ultimate generalists," data managers can create value for business by minding the mission statement.

Governing Reference Data in the Cloud
April 9, 2014 Independence Blue Cross manages and accesses medical, administrative and master data code sets via off-premise web console.

Big Data’s Seat at the Table
April 7, 2014 Harleysville VP says the expanding scope and reach of data is changing the way insurers succeed or fail in the marketplace,...

Next Stop’s Mine
January 28, 2013 Heartfelt thanks as I say goodbye to Information Management

Do You Need Big Data Governance? Maybe.
January 25, 2013 Sunil Soares discusses his new book and the unique governance implications of “emergent” big data

Data Services Verticalization in 2013
January 22, 2013 New generation application platforms and standalone providers could beat up consultants, hasten internal processes of governance

SIM Highlights External Data Streams
January 18, 2013 IT executive forum studies potential value of real-time digital information for decision-making, competitive advantage

SAP’s Suite Take on HANA
January 10, 2013 New release targets operational data for real-time creation, analysis

NYSE Euronext: A Common Gateway to Information
December 11, 2012 Innovative Solution Award 2012 Winner: NYSE Euronext, nominated by Composite Software Category: Data Integration

Cisco Systems: EDW for a Stadium-Sized Audience
December 10, 2012 Innovative Solution Award 2012 Winner: Cisco Systems, nominated by Teradata Category: Data Warehousing

Mobile is BI’s Big Stick
December 10, 2012 Driven by demand and encompassing cloud, analytics, collaboration, there’s widespread agreement about mobility apps...

When Cloud Comes Calling
December 6, 2012 Navint Senior Partner Rob Sullivan talks about risk and reward in IT and process outsourcing

AIIM: Embed Social in Processes
November 30, 2012 A report from AIIM finds that social technology business benefit hinges on process integration

AWS Soft Launches EDW, Adds Analytics Service
November 30, 2012 Petabyte scale promised at less than $1000/terabyte/year; separate release for EC2 in-memory analytics

Capgemini: Business Taking Cloud Control
November 29, 2012 Study finds decision-making about cloud equally divided between IT and business; both see cost as biggest driver

IT’s Workforce Pipeline
November 28, 2012 SIM’s Future Potential in IT program works to cultivate interest, fill widening demand for skilled candidates

GPS Fueling Location Technologies
November 27, 2012 ABI Research says shipments will reach 37 million in 2012, less than expected but poised for growth

Seriously, What is PaaS?
November 20, 2012 Saugatuck panel looks at platform as a service as more than developer tools

Managing Cloud for the Enterprise
November 18, 2012 Execs from News Corp, Washington Post, Pitney Bowes share experiences, advice

Cloud Services Becoming Foundational
November 14, 2012 Saugatuck Tech conference highlights incremental adoption trends; cloud penetration to reach 75 percent by 2016

From HANA to Hadoop
November 13, 2012 10 Minutes With ... Data warehousing, analytic databases and HDFS can and should coexist says SAP’s head of big data...

Cooks, Chefs and IT
November 12, 2012 Now that so many are information technology experts, time to see who will own it

Analytics at Core of Transformation
November 8, 2012 Ventana Research summit previews new benchmark reports placing business analytics at the center of process and performance...

The Cloud (Tax) Platform
November 5, 2012 If the election season hasn’t made you sick of the tax debate, add cloud computing to the noise and confusion

Pentaho Secures $23M Funding Round
October 31, 2012 C round financing will go to development, engineering, marketing of big data analytics

SAP Adds Big Data Partners
October 31, 2012 Hadoop alliances include Cloudera, Hortonworks, common hardware platforms from IBM, HP, Hitachi

Can Business Embed IT?
October 25, 2012 Business outcomes – not technology – will prescribe the new structures and tactics of IT support

Gartner Sees 4.4M Big Data Jobs by 2015
October 23, 2012 Global IT spending hits $3.7T in 2013, includes 1.9 million U.S. positions related to big data

Surviving Digital Disruption
October 23, 2012 Forrester panel weighs complexities of resource investment as IT goes white collar, struggles to evolve

Data Governance: Cost of Doing Business?
October 19, 2012 If SMEs spend on average 30 percent of their time on governance, maybe it needs to be on the ledger

What is Big Data Proficiency?
October 15, 2012 Technology is one thing, business execution is another; MIT profs see “embarrassing gap”

Dispatches from MDM/DG Summit 2012, New York
October 15, 2012 New themes at MDM DG summit include reference data management, big data, social, cloud

SIM: CIOs Feeling Cost Pressure
October 9, 2012 Attention to cost and productivity moves ahead of business and IT alignment in annual Society for Information Management survey

Oracle Hones Public Cloud Message
October 3, 2012 Common infrastructure and services on Oracle hardware with browser access signal a clearer approach to hosted storage,...

Cloud Savings Piling Up
October 3, 2012 Navint Partners reports 90 percent of service adopters are fully realizing their cost savings goals

EMC CEO Defines “Killer App” for Cloud
October 2, 2012 Predictive analytics powered by virtualization and “software defined data centers” will make the most of structured,...

Oracle Ups Mapping with Nokia
October 1, 2012 Location platform now delivered as a service to full range of Oracle applications via MapViewer

Lingering Barriers to Cloud Confidence
September 27, 2012 CSA, ISACA find regulations, exit strategies, international privacy issues dampen enthusiasm for service adoption, business...

Google and Other Stalkers
September 25, 2012 As public and private lives merge, algorithmic segmentation can be an unhappy thing

Semantic Glossary Supports MDM Governance
September 25, 2012 At J&J subsidiary Janssen Research & Development, collaborative governance, automated process flows bring reuse, less work for...

Forty Vendors We’re Watching: 2012
September 18, 2012 For a third year we bring you our list of up and coming vendors on our radar that are doing their part to shape the...

When Mergers Meet MDM and Data Governance
September 13, 2012 When MEDCO and Express Scripts came together, synergies grew from matching analytics to governance and lessons in collaboration

Finding the Dollars in Big Data
September 10, 2012 GoodData “Bashes” are templated, cloud-hosted mashups for sales, marketing and subscription campaigners

NASSCOM: Marketing Analytics Set to Boom
September 5, 2012 India’s global IT trade organization sees opportunity to lead global expansion of digital media strategies

Baidu Spending $1.6B on Cloud Data Center
September 4, 2012 Growth of China’s mobile Internet usage spurs infrastructure investment to host applications, mobile services

Big Data As You Go
August 28, 2012 Gartner recasts the future of APIs and a data services economy, a topic near and dear to my heart

SAP’s BI and Analytic Frontier
August 20, 2012 Head of BI Adam Binnie talks tipping points for mobile business application adoption and in-memory analytics

Social Analytic Push and Pull
August 9, 2012 Organizations all need to get started somewhere and will discover opportunities they had never been aware of through social...

NASA’s Mars Data Mission
August 9, 2012 Aboard Curiosity and orbiters, humble computing, scant bandwidth make onboard technology a balancing act, says deputy lead who...

Intelligence from Social Analytics
August 7, 2012 Data volume aside, social intelligence is a complex, emerging industry with scores of specialized products and services

Big Data Point Counterpoint II
August 2, 2012 At TDWI, Demarest, Madsen repeat their geeky mock trial of big data versus the good old days

Revisiting Information’s ROI
July 31, 2012 Time to value, total cost of investment, benchmarking are relevant, but health care is demonstrating success can depend on...

Your Data is Big Enough
July 23, 2012 Converging tech trends have painted “big data” in a corner by definition, but let’s roll with it

Maps, Demographic, Location!
July 23, 2012 Esri partnership with Nokia an example of the new standard for app development, mobility, self-service

Mastering the New Marketing
July 20, 2012 The modern CMO needs a new range of data and analytic support, says Samson David, VP and Global Head, Infosys Business Platforms

SAP BI, Analytic Updates
July 18, 2012 New visualization updates to leverage HANA and BI tools; emphasis on mobility, self-service and customer choice

At Microsoft, BI Gets a Boost
July 17, 2012 New Office 2013, SQL Server 2012 releases echo wider distributed, self-service trend with cloud options and collaborative...

Philosophical About Perfect Data
July 13, 2012 Readers agree multiple versions of truth, interpretation, correctness and lack thereof are all important

Living with Imperfect Data
June 29, 2012 Is a level of shared inaccuracy better than go it alone data management?

Mike Jennings, Director of Enterprise Governance at Walgreens
June 25, 2012 25 Top Information Managers 2012: Mike Jennings, Walgreens

Deborah Norton, CIO at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
June 25, 2012 25 Top Information Managers 2012: Deborah Norton, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care

Mike Wilens, Special Advisor, Fidelity Investments
June 25, 2012 25 Top Information Managers 2012: Mike Wilens, Fidelity Investments

Rick Schooler, VP and CIO, Orlando Health
June 25, 2012 25 Top Information Managers 2012: Rick Schooler, Orlando Health

Terry Milholland, CTO of the United States Internal Revenue Service
June 25, 2012 25 Top Information Managers 2012: Terry Milholland, United States Internal Revenue Service

Hillel Zafir, Chief Technology Officer, EMI Yoshi
June 25, 2012 25 Top Information Managers 2012: Hillel Zafir, EMI Yoshi

Mike Smiley, CFO at Zebra Technologies
June 25, 2012 25 Top Information Managers 2012: Mike Smiley, Zebra Technologies

Stacey Jones, Lead Systems Architect, UPS
June 25, 2012 25 Top Information Managers 2012: Stacey Jones, UPS

Alex Pettit, CIO, State of Oklahoma
June 25, 2012 25 Top Information Managers 2012: Alex Pettit, State of Oklahoma

James Noga, SVP and CIO at Partners HealthCare
June 25, 2012 25 Top Information Managers 2012: James Noga, Partners HealthCare

Todd Schofield, Head of Enterprise Mobility, Standard Chartered Bank
June 25, 2012 25 Top Information Managers 2012: Todd Schofield, Standard Chartered Bank

Bill Oates, CIO, City of Boston
June 25, 2012 25 Top Information Managers 2012: Bill Oates, City of Boston

Adrian Gardner, CIO and Director of IT at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center
June 25, 2012 25 Top Information Managers 2012: Adrian Gardner, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center

Gary Lynch, Global Leader of Supply Chain Risk Management at Marsh
June 25, 2012 25 Top Information Managers 2012: Gary Lynch, Marsh

Bruce Beatty, Senior Director, Enterprise Data Management at CSL Behring
June 25, 2012 25 Top Information Managers 2012: Bruce Beatty, CSL Behring

Fabio Catassi, Chief Technology Officer at Mediterranean Shipping
June 25, 2012 25 Top Information Managers 2012: Fabio Catassi, Mediterranean Shipping

Sheila Jeffrey, SVP and Senior Information Architect, Bank of America
June 23, 2012 25 Top Information Managers 2012: Sheila Jeffrey, Bank of America

Welcome & Chairman Introduction
June 21, 2012

Dispatches from 2012 MDM/DG Summit, San Francisco
June 20, 2012 Live coverage of panels and tracks from 2012 MDM/Data Governance Conference in San Francisco sponsored by Information...

Will IT Set BI Free?
June 19, 2012 Will IT set BI free? With IT’s assignment a trap of complexity, it needs to strike a deal for self-service and surrender...

Birst Releases Visualization Edition
June 13, 2012 Quick deploy version of BI tool for ad hoc exploration, report building outside data warehousing environments

MDM Earns its Stripes
June 6, 2012 When hard projects that prioritize governance push through in uncertain times, you can expect they are important

SAS Absorbs DataFlux Subsidiary
June 5, 2012 Future SAS/DataFlux branding will emphasize data management proficiency standalone and together with analytic products leader

Don’t Fail Your Mobility App
June 1, 2012 Careful attention to information usability and utility will win IT many friends and admirers, failure will perpetuate the...

MIT, Massachusetts Jump on Big Data
May 30, 2012 Partnership includes state initiative and $2.5M annual technology center sponsorship from Intel

Halos and Horns of the CIO
May 23, 2012 With ongoing change a given, IT’s leaders wrangle risk and opportunity; MIT’s CIO Symposium reveals both sides of...

Dispatches from MIT CIO Symposium
May 22, 2012 Cambridge, MA -- Updates from the annual CIO Symposium at MIT. 8:30 -- event convenes, sold out on a misty day on the MIT...

SAP Steps Up Cloud Rollout
May 15, 2012 SAPPHIRE announcements include all new financial accounting platform, updates for HCM, CRM, procurement

SAP Thinks Mobility, Consumer
May 14, 2012 Day one SAPPHIRE rollouts mix work, consumer productivity demands with offline reporting and Sybase mobile apps

Lighting the Borders of Information Management
May 11, 2012 Horizontal approaches to data governance, business process modeling can make the components of EIM more real and whole

Cloud-Based BI Emerges for SMBs
May 8, 2012 Service providers gain attraction in middle ground between spreadsheets and high end BI solutions; SMBs target marketing ROI,...

Progress Slow, Outlook Large in Big Data
May 7, 2012 Sponsored survey finds Federal government agencies adding a petabyte of new data in the next 24 months but short on hardware,...

Data’s Big Makeover
May 3, 2012 Like relational databases did in the 1980s, big data and semantic technologies are resetting the data conversation according...

Data Governance in Context
April 27, 2012 Ungoverned data is okay when you know how and why you use it; consider the “service broker” IT mentality

Platform Update at “New” Infor
April 24, 2012 CEO Charles Phillips, President Stephan Scholl showcase Infor 10 for ERP-based BI, collaboration/social apps, CRM, talent...

Advancing the Boundary-Free Enterprise
April 24, 2012 Saugatuck Technology analysts map a Master Architecture of cloud, mobile, social and data analytics

Big Data: Bring Popcorn
April 11, 2012 Between anticipation and arrival, pending reality comes with a sideshow

In IT, More Needs to Be Less Too
April 4, 2012 Senior Gartner analyst says a simple reality of more new business ought to include less old business

CIOs Need New Manifesto
April 3, 2012 Gartner BI conference keynoter says, amid ongoing flat budgets, measurable, auditable financial benefits must be specified in...

Google Maps April Fools' Prank
March 31, 2012 8-bit version spoofs 1980s Nintendo Entertainment System views

Smart Connected Devices Booming
March 28, 2012 IDC nets out the big picture, sees overall device numbers doubling in five years

Mainstreaming BI
March 26, 2012 Sprint’s MicroStrategy TV ad pitch to everyman’s data world is a great bit of product placement for business...

MIT Tackles the "Untethered Enterprise"
March 26, 2012 CIO Symposium to examine resource management amid distributed, big data, social, BYOD

Google Elaborates on BigQuery
March 22, 2012 GigaOM conference session focuses on hosted cloud-based data analysis service

New SAS Visual Analytics for Big Data
March 22, 2012 High performance in-memory data on commodity blades, Hadoop support, explorer visualization with self-service, iPad support

Big Data Rolls In, Pick a Wave
March 21, 2012 With use cases building, it’s time to hunt for projects to fit your needs and not worry about missing the boat

EMC Acquires App Developer Pivotal Labs
March 21, 2012 Alignment with Greenplum will bring more big data apps to customers; also releases networking toolset for data scientists

IBM Launches Analytic Software, Services
March 20, 2012 New predictive software and consulting to address fraud, CFO financial performance, next best action

Thoughts on Geospatial
March 12, 2012 The power of the API, the location oriented app layer of big data and the hungry user/consumer

Teradata Updates EDW
March 8, 2012 General availability for 6690 platform mixes solid state, hard disk for broadest use and performance

SIM Examines "Wisdom of Clouds"
March 7, 2012 Organizations can leverage cloud now to mitigate risks of inefficiency and speed innovation; understanding of business...

MIT CIO Award Open for Nominations
March 5, 2012 Fifth annual award to recognize innovation, leading information officers with multiple organizational, leadership talents

Vendor, Know Thy Cloud
February 28, 2012 A multinational technology vendor markets cloud at HIMSS conference, can't find anyone to explain it

Oracle Releases In-Memory Exalytics Appliance
February 28, 2012 Rivaling SAP’s HANA, features TimesTen database geared for analytic processing

HIMSS 2012 Takeaways
February 23, 2012 Stage 2 Meaningful Use rules lead headlines from largest annual health care conference

The Analytic Marketing MBA
February 23, 2012 Professor Girish Punj at UConn sees next gen CMOs software and tool savvy

Big Data Already Suspect
February 20, 2012 Marketers need to learn capabilities and boundaries quickly to manage ethically and avoid media meltdowns

BI Paths Old and New
February 16, 2012 As new terminology comes to bear on marketing noise, information managers might also get some new titles

A Portrait of Health
February 9, 2012 Clusters of data points and statistical analysis give doctors at a Texas practice a comprehensive EHR view of patients

Health Intelligence: An End to ‘Needless’
February 9, 2012 The non-profit Institute for Healthcare Improvement uses data-backed best practices to counsel hospitals to lower preventable...

Business Intelligence: What's in a Name?
February 7, 2012 We may be less patient but we're still trying to make better decisions

Your Personal Data Store
January 30, 2012 We are all increasingly destined to be bystanders to our own transactional existence

The Faster, Cheaper Side of IT
January 26, 2012 Economics, advances in RAM, main memory changing how companies transact, analyze data

Getting Holistic with Enterprise Architecture
January 25, 2012 Leon Kappelman teaches and preaches the greater value of optimizing the whole enterprise

Amazon Launches Big Data Service
January 20, 2012 Dynamo DB is a fully managed NoSQL database with high availability, unlimited, scaling on solid-state disk

Apps Overtaking Middleware
January 17, 2012 Race for analytic software confirmed by IBM's shift; Forrester's Bartels finds strongest growth in nontraditional,...

Kundra Joins Salesforce as EVP
January 17, 2012 Former federal CIO brings vision of social, mobile, cloud to private sector

Forrester Sees Shifting IT Market
January 11, 2012 Global spending eases to 5 percent for 2012; demand shifts to new technologies, acquisitions will help large vendors keep up

Arming the IT Rebels
January 11, 2012 Employers ponder, empower users moving job and life to Internet; organizations to spend $28 billion on Apple gear in 2013

IDC Affirms Mobile Worker Population Growth
January 6, 2012 By 2015, 1.3 billion or 37 percent of the global workforce will be at least partially mobile; U.S. leads mobility penetration

Will Your New CIO Be a CMO?
January 4, 2012 Amid outsourcing trends, a Gartner analyst says chief marketing officers will spend more on IT than CIOs by 2017

How We Know IT Change is Real
December 27, 2011 We don't yet have an organizational response to a trend like big data; once we do, we'll know better know how big a shift is...

Does the Best Information Worker Arrive by Nature or Nurture?
December 13, 2011 It takes a mix of talents to thrive in the IT and information management world; we need to develop strengths and identify and...

Overheard: Colleges, Computing and a Conundrum
December 12, 2011 Seton Hall professor David Rosenthal wishes there was more excitement among U.S. students for computer science and information...

BI, Analytic Software Supporting Educators
December 12, 2011 Independent software vendors including SAS, InetSoft and Jaspersoft are donating products to higher education to raise...

Mobility Gets its Own Governance
December 5, 2011 If application creep has been a problem in enterprise software, mobile app development has already dwarfed that

SAP Bids $3.4B for SuccessFactors
December 4, 2011 Largest bet yet on cloud computing targets U.S. service-based human resources startup

Lowe's: From Customer Data to Customer Loyalty
November 30, 2011 Home improvement giant plots a course from retailer to homeowner consultant with focus on tools for user experience,...

GIS and Resource Management
November 22, 2011 While we stew over the consumer ramifications of geographic information systems, the technology is making a productive social...

What is Enterprise Architecture?
November 16, 2011 A panel at the Society for Information Management’s annual conference mostly agrees on the key elements but differs in...

Disruptive? That Depends
November 16, 2011 A panel of CIOs from defense, health care and entertainment industries have different views on the good and bad of emerging...

Virtualization: Now in Print
November 14, 2011 10 Minutes with Bob Eve, EVP Composite Software, on data virtualization/federation, customer choice and the complicated...

Being Analytically Relevant
November 11, 2011 An analytics trainer sent a simple message with a lot of impact to a conference of data managers; some got it and others didn't

EAS: A Blast From The Past
November 6, 2011 The Emergency Alert System gets its very first national test Wednesday afternoon, an information anachronism wrapped in deja vu

Big Data Point-Counterpoint
November 1, 2011 A pair of consultants square off in a mock debate that pokes fun at the tension and hype over the hottest topic in data...

IBM's Message is Pitch Perfect
October 26, 2011 Compare the pending CEO replacement to the circuses of its peers, and the silence is downright impressive

IBM Names Next Chief Executive
October 26, 2011 Virginia Rometty will take CEO role at end of year; Palmisano to stay on as chairman

Be a Hero, Delete Something Today
October 24, 2011 Just like legacy business practices, apps and data are cluttering our infrastructure closets and basement

Business Intelligence Throws a Party
October 11, 2011 Next generation BI tools are built to integrate intellect at the same time as data; social, collaboration, mobility take data...

Apple Says Co-Founder Steve Jobs has Died
October 5, 2011 Legendary technologist was 56; no cause of death released for executive who battled cancer, liver failure

Yammer Gathering Momentum
September 27, 2011 New $17 million funding round brings total to $57 million; new customers include Ford, Southern, Shell, SuperValu; former...

Dear HP: You Bought It, Now Own It
September 23, 2011 Let's hope HP's new interest in information management is something they can articulate better than they have so far

Whitman Replaces Apotheker at HP
September 22, 2011 Former eBay CEO and gubernatorial candidate becomes third to head hardware giant in less than one year; affirms likely spinoff...

Agile BI: Good but Not Enough
September 20, 2011 At Guess Inc., BI Director Bruce Yen embraces mobility and fashion culture, but wants more from technology in a quickly...

The Rise of Ungoverned Data
September 19, 2011 Business and IT can do a better job of self-preservation by admitting they've been avoiding one another, identifying what's...

MDM: No Roots, No Fruits
September 13, 2011 When confronting master data management and data governance, organizations find they’re missing requisite skills they...

Data Disasters Only Partly About Scale
September 8, 2011 When reflecting on 9/11 and impending risk, data disasters, like traffic accidents, take many shapes and are most likely to...

MDM: It's Us AND Them
September 6, 2011 It's been tough to match the technology to the people/process approach to master data management, but leading up to our next...

Overheard: The Behavior Behind Social Business Technology
September 2, 2011 An Information Management interview with Mike West and Bruce Guptil, Saugatuck Technology

Exclusive Research: The Social Business Technology Horizon
August 31, 2011 Findings on trends and adoption of collaboration, community and productivity from Saugatuck Technology in partnership with...

Information Management Strikes Back
August 22, 2011 HP says so long to much of its hardware business and bets the farm on enterprise software and services

HP Shuts WebOS Business, Acquires Autonomy for $10B
August 18, 2011 A tumultuous day in which the hardware giant also announced it is exploring options to spin off its PC business and a services...

Tired Terms and Real Trends
August 17, 2011 We're seeing tighter connections among people and processes across business and IT; we just need the right way to express it

Tech For Teacher
August 9, 2011 CIO Ellen Shepard makes creative use of homebuilt and packaged software, SaaS, and an information architecture built around...

Managing Labor Productivity Like the NFL
August 2, 2011 An author and accountant says a salary cap approach to labor productivity and managing to profit instead of cost puts the best...

Cloud Security/Assurance Framework Released
July 27, 2011 ISACA combines value management, risk management to business model for cloud security in a single guide

Governance is Relevant
July 26, 2011 Despite backlash from some quarters, governance of data and information is not a Kafkaesque nightmare; it is the process of...

BI/Data Management Program Framework
July 26, 2011 Forrester Research document focuses on process data management, change management, checklists for roles and competencies

10 Minutes With: Mushegh Hakinian
July 20, 2011 A SaaS security architect talks about enlightened security planning, how to weigh the security practices of SaaS providers,...

Governance For Information Too?
July 15, 2011 Folks are spinning information governance as an extension of the data version, but right now it looks like a semantic trial...

10 Minutes With Hortonworks CEO Eric Baldeschwieler
July 13, 2011 CEO of the new Yahoo! Big data spinoff talks about plans to grow Apache Hadoop

Mobility's Big Bang
July 8, 2011 A vendor finds 82 percent of the Fortune 50 have deployed mobile apps; BI uptake problems should finally end when mainstream...

Cultural Transformation or Tribal Identification
July 4, 2011 Governance, social and collaborative momentum is about people gravitating to what they identify with, so go where the action is

Overheard: Cloud Needs Contingency Plans
July 1, 2011 Data losses, theft expose lack of mainstream preparedness to roll out services

MDM: Erratic, Pervasive or Both?
June 21, 2011 At MDM Summit, it's basics as usual, hard-won progress and hints of what happens if you believe master data management will go...

10 Minutes With: Jai Menon, CTO, IBM Systems and Technology Group
June 13, 2011 The Chief Technology Officer of IBM’s server, storage and networking business says flexible architecture and...

Riffing on Data Dualism
June 9, 2011 Tom Davenport, in an in-flight magazine between stops, sets up a little existential data pondering

Secure Cloud Practices Still Ramping
June 6, 2011 Amid failures and breaches, public and private sector groups are at early stages of fending off breakdowns and hacks; existing...

Getting Better at Analytics
May 31, 2011 MIT CIO symposium finds companies rate themselves 4.5 on a scale of 10 and a panel is asked what to do about it; Schwab CIO...

Lean Information and Single Points of Failure
May 24, 2011 Managing risk in information is partly about monitoring and anticipating problems and partly about attaching value to what...

What Every CIO Should Know
May 18, 2011 MIT academic keynote panel at annual CIO Symposium locks in on security privacy and regulation vs. information opportunity

MIT Summit Gathers CIOs
May 16, 2011 With a full house of experts on hand, attendees who already have their hands full will likely look for validation and support...

Mainstreaming Cloud: Get Used To It
May 11, 2011 Saugatuck summit rolls out constructive uses of cloud tech in action, starting with a transformed old line corporation

MDM-Aware Apps
May 7, 2011 Vendors are dialing up master data in familiar applications for search, compliance, governance and more

Business Intelligence Buoyancy Restored
May 4, 2011 At Gartner BI conference, old school meets a new wave of topics few saw arriving just a couple of years ago

BI: Written in the Tablets
April 11, 2011 With no prompting from me, real-world execs at big companies are talking about the demand for take-it-to-work iPad or other...

Information Management As An Asset
April 5, 2011 We may never have a unified department to manage all information initiatives, but let's root for those who see it happening

Business Intelligence Crowd Appeal
March 30, 2011 Howard Dresner's followup survey could give a partial transitional snapshot on where BI is headed and how people view it now

Tremors in IT
March 15, 2011 Consultant Dave Wells has a good summation of trends we can expect will have rocked information technology five years from now

Overheard: BI Shakes Out
March 11, 2011 Between old school and modern visions, bets are laid for the short term and the long haul

Putting Business Intelligence Mobility to Work
March 7, 2011 Analyst says mobile applications, platforms and devices, though on the horizon, will "revolutionize" BI

The Split Personality CIO
March 4, 2011 Ray Wang's research into organizational demands on chief information officers has led him to four archetypes

Fix Health Care: That’s an Order
February 23, 2011 At the HIMSS conference in Orlando, I met a CIO who goes to work in Army combat fatigues

Metadata Runs Amok
February 13, 2011 The volume of metadata is beginning to exceed the volume of primary data in some areas, according to a resident expert; time...

Communicate, Collaborate, Stay Warm
February 2, 2011 Like your trusty furnace sends up heat, email is still the main radiator for all the competing interests that want your time...

Tech Trends No Longer Linear
January 27, 2011 When large trends mature rapidly and combine, even longtime industry observers can be thrown off their game; sometimes, new...

IBM's Watson Challenge No Gimmick
January 23, 2011 Exhaustively and expensively produced, the Jeopardy-playing computer has jaded observers proclaiming a new, powerful,...

How IBM's Watson Churns Analytics
January 23, 2011 Workload Optimization are keywords behind the tuned computing system that can beat the best Jeopardy champions at their own game

Interface: The New Productivity - Usability
January 18, 2011 Front-end design is finally handed to people who get it; now users need to learn and get involved

Technology and the Annual Budget
January 14, 2011 WATCH: 25 Top Information Managers discuss the evolution of technology and how demand management is changing the way they work

A Home for Analytics
January 12, 2011 Some think we need a shotgun marriage for BI and analytics; others say they're better off as close friends

Ultra-Large Data Systems
January 10, 2011 WATCH: For readers interested in our profile of Suzanne Yoakum-Stover, see her describe the Unified Dataspace in a keynote...

Home at the Office
January 6, 2011 With heads down already, information workers especially will increasingly come to know the good and bad of working where they...

On Building A Vision
January 5, 2011 VIDEO: 25 Top Information Managers discuss how to gather vision and consensus in a distributed organization

CSI Info-Mgmt: Profiling Predictors 2011
December 28, 2010 Unlike yearly recaps, hot topic lists for next year say something about prognosticators, including our own

Biggest Tech Losers by Market Share, 2010
December 26, 2010 Analyst Robin Bloor flips the coin to uncover the biggest losers by market cap in 2010

Five Biggest Tech Winners for 2010
December 20, 2010 Analyst Robin Bloor digs out the hottest big vendors of 2010 by market cap growth; list coincidentally represents five hot...

Information Managers Unite
December 14, 2010 Our first 25 Top manager event tells me it's time for us to create some kind of group and resource directory as an asset to...

A Holiday Data Parable
December 7, 2010 A story about how we filter data, how filters can make misinformation worse and a reminder that sensationalism can obscure...

New Business Demands Innate Skills
November 30, 2010 Rather than fret the data glut, managers need to socialize productively as collaborators and partners in the new distributed...

Passion For ... Data
November 23, 2010 It's good to remember that the pursuit of an idea is much more interesting than the latest fad or device

Jury Awards Oracle $1.3 Billion
November 23, 2010 SAP will seek motions or appeal to overturn "largest amount ever" judgment in illegal software download ruling

What is Ultra Large Scale Infrastructure?
November 17, 2010 Researcher says the time is right for a rigorous theoretical scientific approach that contemplates the sphere of data in its...

Oracle CEO Ellison Testifies in SAP Case
November 8, 2010 Claims improper downloads by former SAP subsidiary was worth $4 billion to enterprise software rival

Welcome and Introduction from the Symposium Chairman
November 7, 2010

Overheard: The Net Value of Data
November 1, 2010 IT needs to stop being a vending machine, attach value to information created, and distribute accordingly

Is Data Science?
November 1, 2010 If ultra-large scale data can reinvent military intelligence, it could change the way we see information

As Goes Governance...
November 1, 2010 Like corporate governance, data governance works in proportion to how well we deliver what we profess to embrace

Business + Information + Architecture
October 28, 2010 Here's a construct of parts that makes sense; so now let's uncover how it works and roll out some meaningful examples

Microsoft Office 365: It's a Cloud! (It's Really a Service)
October 20, 2010 The underlying architecture is new, but this is still a hosted application service and ASP is just so last year

Top 10 Ways to Fail at MDM
October 12, 2010 A reverse checklist can be useful for those that think they know it all going into an MDM project

MDM Revs to top $2 billion in 2011
October 5, 2010 MDM Institute reveals top trends for coming year at MDM Summit conference event

MDM Marches On
October 5, 2010 New York Summit reveals growing maturity and renewed commitment in MDM in governance, CDI, PIM

Old Priorities, New Urgency
October 1, 2010 With electronic health care records at the core, providers are scrambling to find and align resources for deadlines and...

Barbie Tech Without The Geek
September 29, 2010 Seriously, if kid pop culture predicts future zeitgeist, toy maker Mattel did us a good turn by paying attention to Computer...

Overheard: Big Risk, Big Responsibilities
September 23, 2010 The big view of risk calls for a variety of skills, but doesn't ensure the message is heeded

Enterprise Software Revs $232 Billion in 2010
September 22, 2010 Gartner forecasts 4.5 percent growth over 2009, recovery patchy, highest growth in emerging markets

Enterprise Apps By Design
September 21, 2010 The big software vendors survive maturity and burdens of scale by honoring the 80/20 rule and working with users

HP Settles Suit Against Hurd, Oracle
September 20, 2010 Ex-HP CEO surrenders $14 million in stock options; companies pledge to work together going forward

IBM To Acquire Netezza
September 20, 2010 $1.7 billion for analytic database/data warehouse appliance provider

Aster Announces Hybrid Database
September 15, 2010 First foray to columnar alongside row-based database applies MapReduce, MPP for high-performance analytic processing

SAP BI Analytics By Design
September 14, 2010 Industry specific analytic applications developed with customers, pointed at retail, health care, telecom, banking, defense,...

Phillips Out, Hurd In at Oracle; HP Retaliates With Lawsuit
September 7, 2010 HP claims inevitable breach of trade secrets; analyst says Hurd's hardware history a plus to Oracle

What's in a Title
September 2, 2010 CIO, CTO, Chief Risk Officer, they're less technical than ever and more a job for the corporate shrink

Midmarket BI and Data Warehousing
August 24, 2010 There's a lot we don't know about this segment but a new survey is out and we're having fun predicting some results

Overheard: Embedded Analytics and Next Gen Data Warehousing
August 23, 2010 Business intelligence and performance management that will increasingly be tuned for the workforce

A Web Analytics Trap
August 13, 2010 DM Radio guests tell marketers to beware the use of Web analytics as a performance judge, and not an iterative way of learning

Big Data and "Boundary Spanning"
August 11, 2010 What North Carolina State University is doing to marry fast analytic processing with calculated multi-domain expert decision...

(Really) Big Data
August 3, 2010 It's here, it's powerful, it's impressive stuff; learn about it, gain from it and don't fear if you're not hyper-processing

Reputation, Interrupted
July 29, 2010 Protecting your or your company’s good name is also an advocacy industry that social CRM won’t completely decipher

aaS You Like It
July 21, 2010 In a service-based economy, what's the last thing you'd give up owning yourself?

A Cop When You Need One
July 21, 2010 Memphis, Tennessee claims huge crime drops since deploying analysts and predictive analytics to identify hot spots and deploy...

SAP, CA Team on GRC
July 15, 2010 IT and enterprise governance, risk and compliance products merge to cross sell SAP customers and, perhaps, market at large

Technologists in Foxholes
July 13, 2010 An oddity of data management and analysis is that as we get better and faster at it, our faith in the future can slip

EMC to Acquire Greenplum
July 6, 2010 Undisclosed cash deal gives EMC full data warehousing stack; analyst predicts a new round of consolidation among appliance...

Business's IT Smackdown
July 6, 2010 If capital expenditure budgets for technology revive, business could have new plans for it

40 Vendors We're Watching in 2010
July 1, 2010 Amid an abundance of information management opportunities, some may be the pick of the litter

Overheard: The Multi-Core Problem
July 1, 2010 Data management software isn't built for modern processors and can't leverage the technology it needs

BI: Smart and Smarterer
June 29, 2010 Our latest and seemingly annual take on why BI and data warehousing remain topics of high interest and lousy execution

Entrepreneur's Market
June 22, 2010 Thanks to old-school consolidation, new vendors and service models have more influence and headroom to grow than we'd ever...

MDM: Talent In Demand
June 16, 2010 Tools and vision maturing; organizational fit more important for those with skills in a sellers market

Automation and Obsolescence
June 2, 2010 HP bets a billion that automation drives the lowest cost and highest quality for all; what does that mean for the skilled job...

HP Converges, Automates Data Centers
June 1, 2010 Billion-dollar restructuring will eliminate 9,000 positions and consolidate customer data centers by half

BI Goes Back to B2B
May 25, 2010 What IBM's deal for Sterling Commerce tells us about connectivity, timeliness and the emergence of a data economy

CMIS a Winner for Content Management Customers
May 12, 2010 A fast-moving standards body approves an interoperability protocol that will make a lot of ECM/document management customers...

Risky Business
May 4, 2010 A risk management expert believes that the business landscape of the future will be increasingly influenced by calculated...

Specialists Challenging ECM Leaders
April 30, 2010 Real Story Group finds a healthy document management landscape bringing change and opportunity to buyers

Systemic Risk: It's Also Personal
April 27, 2010 The Iceland volcano cost money to a lot of people I know and ought to be a wakeup call to revisit our self-perceived immunity

Overheard: SaaS and Open Source: Brothers in Arms
April 22, 2010 With similar agendas and challenges, there’s more in common with these models than you think

Dive Into Open Source
April 22, 2010 Commercialized open source software brings competent low-risk technology to BI, but requires understanding, diligence and...

Recalling the Bottom-Up Enterprise
April 21, 2010 Enterprise vision is fine, but too much top-down influence can cost us opportunities and send some of the best ideas out the...

Talk to the Hand
April 6, 2010 A researcher finds we're talking faster and interrupting each other more often; are we becoming our own content recyclers?

Pentaho Revs Data Integration
March 30, 2010 4.0 release touts single agile development environment for ETL, modeling, front-end reporting and visualization

Governance: A Rulebook, Not a Playbook
March 23, 2010 We need policies and controls to faithfully surface data, but let's not confuse this with knowing the actual value we are...

"Metadata, Is That What It's Called?"
March 16, 2010 About the Fox show "24" and how TV tests tech terms to mainstream the geeks among us

Overheard: Whither Open Source BI?
March 12, 2010 Delayed but steady adoption as awareness grows; open source aligns toward proprietary software and service models

Moving On With Analytics
March 9, 2010 Catching up with Tom Davenport and his latest book, it looks like we're squaring up analytical prowess with our slower culture...

Vendors: What's Not To Like
March 2, 2010 Dresner survey churns top 10 peeves list in David Letterman fashion; we share them with you here

Meaningful Use to Drive Health IT Spending
March 1, 2010 HIMSS annual Leadership Survey sees IT spending rebounding to 2008 levels, stimulus money prompts more spending

Best in BI? Ask the Crowd
February 23, 2010 Former Gartner analyst Howard Dresner is running his own customer experience survey for participants to decide what business...

Overheard: Lawyers, Discovery and Money
February 18, 2010 All parties to the legal process need IT education to contain the costs and risks associated with electronic discovery

Worst-Kept Secrets
February 16, 2010 It's not so much that columnar databases and in-memory are hot or that MPP and virtualization won, it's the rate of change...

IDC: Data Warehouse Shakeup
February 15, 2010 Analyst predicts five-year horizon will shift data warehousing to columnar; OLTP moves to in-memory

Who Let the Dollars Out?
February 8, 2010 2010 has already delivered a list of top acquisitions; drivers include maturity, customer acquisition and cross-selling, but...

Big Brother For Hire
February 2, 2010 With CIA profilers reportedly moonlighting to monitor earnings calls for "deception detection," speech analytics vendors are...

Oracle - Looking Back to the Future
January 27, 2010 Integrated stack for push into high-end data centers; chairman Larry Ellison says vision "same as IBM's in 1960"

Data as Commerce
January 26, 2010 Just like iTunes, granular Web data services are just beginning to sprout into a new transactional data economy

Open Source MDM From Talend
January 25, 2010 New platform solution promises domain agnostic data integration, data quality, workflow and stewardship at "disruptive"...

Hedge Like the Vendors Do
January 19, 2010 Deconstruct your daily tech briefing, find your self-interest and use last week’s HP/Microsoft news as a learning...

HP, Microsoft in $250 Million Partnership
January 13, 2010 Steve Ballmer, Mark Hurd detail plans for "next generation of business computing" with "infrastructure to application" model...

Jaspersoft Enterprise Edition
January 12, 2010 New open source paid-model BI platform includes data integration, OLAP, in-memory analysis, ad hoc reporting and management...

Next-Gen Jobs
January 12, 2010 Parents want to see their kids with a happy and successful career, but these days there's not a lot of useful advice

The Movable IT Budget
January 5, 2010 Not that it will change overnight, but an annual budgeting cycle for IT spending might not stand the test of time

Overheard: AVATAR's Data Center
January 2, 2010 Processing visual effects for the blockbuster movie shows how data center designs can differ by purpose

Net Expectations
January 2, 2010 What a Web data service economy implies for business

Data Center Lessons from AVATAR
December 29, 2009 Weta Digital’s Paul Gunn runs a state of the art facility but doesn’t play by all the new rules

A Spot Market for Computing
December 22, 2009 Amazon’s 12/14 launch of Spot Instances for EC2 is something we might want to mark on our calendar as a minor historic...

Processing AVATAR
December 21, 2009 A thoroughbred of a data center at Weta Digital sits behind intense visual effects in the blockbuster movie and the creative...

Wisdom That Isn't
December 15, 2009 If you're going to tackle a new center of excellence or competency center, at some point you're going to have to throw out the...

Data Governance Moves Upstream
December 8, 2009 Don't sweat data governance, make it a measure of political maturity to challenge your peers and look for tools to help your...

Clouds: Both Sides Now
November 17, 2009 With my inbox groaning under overload, two themes have emerged: some will watch the establishment evolve (Goldman Sachs has...

Informatica 9 Released
November 10, 2009 Integration platform includes common metadata core, tools for business end users and IT collaboration, SOA-based data services

My First Windows 7 Moment
November 10, 2009 It might have been software or an act of providence, but it appears that Windows 7 saved my job

Overheard: Cloud Computing - Learn It Or Lose
November 4, 2009 Your own company is probably experimenting with the cloud; could an average Joe make your business model obsolete?

Overheard: Decision-Making Without Borders
November 1, 2009 Big thinkers are calling for more sources of data - and tools - to contextualize information

Going Long
November 1, 2009 Dallas Cowboys Merchandising pulls off comeback win with real-time metrics

From Search to Explore
November 1, 2009 Information on demand depends on a growing base of content assets and services and the cut-to-chase script looks increasingly...

SAP Updates Business Objects Explorer
October 28, 2009 New release agnostic to non-SAP data files; partnership with Teradata also announced at Vienna TechEd event

Cisco Acquires SaaS Security Provider
October 27, 2009 ScanSafe goes to networking provider in $183 million deal; portfolio of cloud-based Web security services grows

Amazon Launches Relational DB Service
October 27, 2009 RDS products for building and scaling relational data; lower EC2 pricing and new high-memory instances also released

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