We are all used to working in an environment of change, but the pace of change in the IT industry today is unprecedented! The catalyst of this change is the Internet and the new opportunities that it presents. What does this mean to the role of the data administrator? This month, Clive Finkelstien, widely recognized as the "Father of Information Engineering" (and DAMA International Advisor), gives us his perspective.
The only thing stable today is CHANGE itself. But if you have redundant data, you also have redundant processes to keep each of those redundant data versions up to date. This seriously inhibits change. When data is structured non-redundantly, many of these redundant processes disappear. The way an organization operates when it must keep all redundant data versions up to date and consistent is quite different from the way it should operate with only one valid version of data which, when updated, is available to all who are authorized to access it.
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