Originally published on July 16, 2012 by Crysta Anderson at MasteringDataManagement
Mike Martin may be the only IBM Champion with an album currently available on iTunes. Based in the Philadelphia area, Mike and his band, Lo-Fi Genius, recorded an album, This is Rocket Science,
including the song, “George Wendt Lives in My Building.” After all,
George Wendt really did live in Mike’s building at one point.
when he’s not making music, Mike is busy securing data. Luckily, Mike’s
company, the Business & Technology Resource Group (BTRG), makes
data security far easier than rocket science.
is practice director of information governance for BTRG. He solves data
quality, data growth, data privacy, data security, test data management
and compliance problems for Fortune 1000 customers across many
lot of our customers have mature systems that have accumulated quite a
bit of data,” Mike said, noting that this leads to a familiar challenge:
How can you manage volume, ensure high-performing systems and reduce
companies seek to solve this challenge with a top-down approach. They
launch an information governance program by establishing a council,
naming data stewards and rolling out organization-wide policies. But as a
member of the Information Governance Council, Mike takes a more solution-oriented, bottoms-up approach.
looking for tangible pain points, such as data quality, data security
or data volume, he offers clients a specific solution that delivers
reportable ROI. Clients can then build from that success. “By solving
significant problems that are in your enterprise systems, it gives you a
foothold to really establish broader information governance,” Mike
explained. “Then you already have an ROI and a case that you can use to
internally sell that initiative.”
the face of big data, information governance best practices and models
still apply. In fact, Mike believes the stakes grow higher as data
volumes increase. He noted, “Without good quality, the insights we would
draw with a big data solution won’t be as valuable.”
works especially closely with IBM InfoSphere Optim, which enables data
masking for non-production systems that are often shared with partners,
employees, or others who need the data. Masking helps obscure personally
identifiable or sensitive information. BTRG’s Data Masking Factory™
helps automate the requirements gathering, analysis, design,
documentation and actual development. Mike explains that the tool
exposes Optim’s “robust capabilities” while creating an easy-to-use
checklist that lets users easily pick which fields to mask. The solution
was one of only three finalists for the highly competitive IBM Beacon
one recent implementation spanning 18 mission-critical applications,
BTRG completed the project in a mere 14 weeks. This was two weeks ahead
of schedule, and 40% under budget. The best part? Based on the
industry-standard Ponemon study
that states every row of breached data costs a company approximately
$204, Mike estimates they created $22 billion of data protection across
109 million rows of data.
the production side, privileged users like DBAs and system admins
certainly need greater. However, Mike helps clients use InfoSphere
Guardium to monitor and log these activities, which can help stave off
cyber attacks. Clients can mark certain data tables as “protected” and
terminate connections if users try to access them. BTRG also helps
clients take InfoSphere Guardium’s vulnerability assessments to a new
level, extending the best practices and standards to the entire ERP
Listen to the podcast that
was recorded with Mike, David Pittman, and Crysta Anderson to hear some
great stories from Mike! You’ll be glad that you did!
Follow Mike on Twitter @BTRG_MikeMartin and check out the fun Mike had in the February 27 Tweetchat about Big Data & Governance:
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