Over the past year, I've read a couple of articles that described the task of meta data management as "meta data misery," "a necessary evil" and "meta data morass." In these articles, the authors discuss meta data management as if it is some horrible ill that companies are forced at gunpoint to endure. I am quite surprised by this viewpoint, as implementing a managed meta data environment (MME) isn't any more difficult than building any very large, highly complex enterprise spanning application. For example, the success rates for MMEs are significantly higher than those of customer relationship management (CRM) applications, which fail approximately 90 percent of the time. Moreover, while enterprise MMEs are expensive projects, their costs pale in comparison to typical enterprise level CRM, enterprise resource planning (ERP) and/or data warehousing initiatives. It is these same individuals that state that corporate executives don't care about meta data management. A recent survey asked CIOs about the goals of innovation and the technologies that they believe will deliver innovation. I would like to examine the results of this survey and ask the question: Should your CIO care about meta data management?
Before we can decide if the CIO should care about meta data management, we need to first understand what CIOs do care about. Figure 1 shows the results of a survey of CIOs that marked each of the technologies that they believe would provide the greatest levels of innovation.
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