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IBM InfoSphere: A Platform for Big Data Governance and Process Data Governance
by Sunil Soares
ISBN 978-1583473825, MC Press, February 2013
Governance has taken a backseat to the analytics and technologies associated with big data. However, as big data projects become mainstream, we anticipate that privacy, stewardship, data quality, metadata, and information lifecycle management will coalesce into an emerging imperative for big data governance.
Foreword from David Corrigan, Director, Product Marketing, InfoSphere
The importance and the role of a governance strategy are still not well understood. Information Governance is a business strategy that has a series of IT deliverables. Sunil has been one of the pioneers in this area, defining the Unified Information Governance Process several years ago. He defined several key steps, such as identifying a business problem and executive sponsor, setting up cross-functional governance boards, and measuring and communicating success. He has applied this process at hundreds of clients and has helped them achieve successful implementations. His approach can also be applied to governing big data. It has helped many organizations get the business involved in governance and establish trusted information for a key enterprise application.
In short, this process helps you move beyond an IT project toward a true business strategy. It helps by getting business executives and owners involved in the process of governing data. It helps ensure successful outcomes. Sunil, thank you for continuing to contribute to the discipline of Information Governance and move it into the new era of computing—the era of big data.
And to the readers of this book, remember that the competitive advantage you seek from insights garnered from big data has two components: big data analytics and trusted information. Information Governance creates trusted information from very uncertain sources, enabling you to trust and act upon the insights from analytics. I wish you well in your big data strategy.
Sunil’s other books:
The IBM Data Governance Unified Process (MC Press, 2010)
Details the 14 steps and almost 100 sub-steps to implement an information governance program. The book has been used by several organizations as the blueprint for their information governance programs and has been translated into Chinese.
Selling Information Governance to the Business: Best Practices by Industry and Job Function (MC Press, 2011)
Reviews the best practices to approach information governance by industry and function.
Big Data Governance: An Emerging Imperative (MC Press, 2012)
Discusses the governance of different types of big data.
Congratulations to Sunil on this latest book!
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using a specific hashtag that allows it to be followed on Twitter.
We have one planned on Wednesday, February 27 at noon ET, so you can give it a try! Follow #bigdatamgmt to
follow a discussion with panel of experts discussing how data
governance can handle big data. Our panel includes experts from across
the spectrum, including:
and perhaps a few other people as well!
Follow along with the #bigdatamgmt to see the conversation and share your thoughts.
If you’re not yet on twitter, you can still listen to the conversation. Simply use Google Search on the term #bigdatamgmt and you’ll see what has been posted using this term.
The Value of Real-Time Decision Making with PureData Systems for Operational Analytics
host Serge Rielau and guest James Cho (PureData Systems architect) for
an in-depth discussion about how the PureData System supports real-time
decision making. Real time operational warehousing can help your
organization by providing immediate analytics to speed decision making,
for example, fraud detection.
will also explain the features and advantages of this expert integrated
system that provides simplified deployment, maintenance, and more.
world of data management and analytics is changing very rapidly. This
talk is a great way to expand your knowledge to include some of the
emerging techniques and technologies.
Click to register.
Date: Thursday February 28, 2103
Time: 12:30-2:00 PM Eastern / 11:30 AM Central / 9:30 AM Pacific / 17:30hrs London/ 18:30hrs Frankfurt, Paris / India 11 PM
DB2 Tech Talk series is a free set of monthly in-depth technical
webinars from IBM technical professionals. Join the experts to learn
about DB2-related breakthrough technology, best practices, and get your
questions answered during live Q & A sessions at the end of each
Replays of many of the newer webcasts are available on the DB2 Tech Talks page.
Here are some replays you may wish to check out:
Join this free SSWUG Webcast: The Big Deal about Big Data,
staring expert Paul Zikpoulos. The webinar is free only during the
live broadcast that takes place Wednesday, February 20, 2013, 1:00 PM
Eastern. What you’ll learn: Big
Data can mean a lot of things to a lot of people; but one thing we're
sure of, it's the hottest thing to hit the IT landscape. In this chat
you'll get a comprehensive introduction to Big Data. You'll learn how to
spot Big Data, it's characteristics, and what the opportunities are.
(Hint, be prepared to get shocked on Volume and more). You'll get a
taste of Hadoop, but realize Big Data is so much more. Paul
will also share top things to consider in the Big Data world that's
often overlooked (governance, integration, search, and more). Consider
this: if you Google search 'What is Big Data', you will get almost 1
billion hits!!! If you attend this session, you'll never have to Google
search this phrase again.To register and for additional information see: Webcast Structure and Cost
Note that listening to the live broadcast is free, but ordering the replay has a charge.
had 4 great presentations again this week! I’d really like to thank
all participants... I know it isn’t always easy to present, but it is
very important for us to share our knowledge with others!
Mikko - Summary Table Design & Monitoring
A little trouble following the story of the problem & solution. Summary tables are a huge topic. Well presented.
Umesha - Detailed steps to configure DB2 Distributed Data Facility (DDF) for z/OS
Good slides. Not practised? Went over time. Missing the “why”. Only “how” was covered in presentation.
Sreeharsha - High Data Availability: solutions and techniques
clearly defined. Problem clearly defined. Presentation was well put
togetehr and rehearsed. This is the way it’s done!
Armando - Dare to be Different (Against all Dogmas) SQL Performance Tuning
Be open minded on how to solve problems. You may find a creative solution that wasn't’ expected
Entertaining and engaging presentation with a great amount of style.
Congratulations to Sreeharsha, Armando, and Mikko for moving to the next level.
sure to join us next week to hear presentations from me, Martin, Klaas,
and Martin. Your turn to evaluate us! Just for fun, of course. Come
and have some fun!
Over 219,000 downloads of past DB2Night Show episodes! Congratulations Scott!!
If you missed the show, see the replay!
sure to fill out the survey when you do... you may be the lucky winner
of a $25 certificate to use at Amazon.com. Perhaps there is a DB2 book
you’d like to purchase?
just got easier with an exciting new initiative for mobile learning.
Be one of the first to participate and provide your feedback!
To learn more about the devices that are supported and how to start, see the Mobile Learning Pilot.
There are two new courses designed to be served up on your mobile device. The total end to end running of each course is a few hours but since they are modular in nature, you can run them in sections to better fit into your busy schedule.
The courses that are available for this pilot are FREE and include:
Easy Steps to Developing BigSheets Function Plugins:
uses the familiar spreadsheet interface to do text analytics of
unstructured and semi-structured data. Coupled with this are a large
number of supplied functions to simplify the analytics process. However,
you may find the need to extend BigSheets and add your own functions.
This tutorial walks you through the development and installation process
required to add a new function to BigSheets.
Configuring an InfoSphere CDC to InfoSphere DataStage Subscription:
Change Data Capture is a tool that captures changes from source
databases and replicates those changes in real-time to target systems.
This tutorial walks you through how to use Change Data Capture to setup
replication from a source DB2 database to a DataStage job.
the end of each course, you will be asked to complete a confidential,
brief survey. Your feedback is a critical step helping us understand
how to provide the best learning experiences for you. Please provide
your feedback by March 31, 2013.
To take part in the pilot, go to The IBM Learning Portal.
Note: the date when we need feedback has changed to March 31, 2013.
The IDUG DB2 Tech Conference in Orlando
is a MUST attend event for database experts and those aspiring to be an
expert! And this year is special beyond special! Why? DB2 is 30
years old and IDUG is 25 years old. Come and celebrate these amazing
accomplishments while you’re learning.
There are many things to learn about... here are a few for you to consider:
1. Robust Technical Session Schedule
are designed to fit your needs. You will have no problem filling your
agenda with the right education for your job role and organization's
2. Celebrations for IDUG's 25th Anniversary
mentioned above, IDUG is 25 this year! Join us to look back at where we
have come from and see where IDUG is headed in the future.
3. IBM DB2's 30th Anniversary
DB2 will also celebrate a significant milestone in 2013. Stay tuned for
more information about celebrations for IBM DB2's 30th anniversary.
4. One Day Seminars
The perfect opportunity to learn more about specific aspects of DB2 that you deal with on a day-to-day basis.
5. Certification Exams
advantage of this opportunity to gain IBM professional certifications
at no additional cost. All IDUG DB2 Tech Conference attendees are
eligible to take two complimentary certification exams.
6. Save on Registration, Be an IDUG Mentor
offers an incomparable loyalty reward program for those who have
attended three or more IDUG conferences, are an IBM Champion or are a
member of a Regional User Group.
7. Complimentary Wi-Fi
Throughout the meeting space and in each hotel guest room at the Caribe Royale All-Suite Hotel and Convention Center.
8. Easy-to-Navigate Meeting Space
The Caribe Royale All-Suite Hotel and Convention Center is compact and easy to navigate.
in Orlando, gain access to old and Stay Connected new connections.
Trade business cards with industry leading vendors, your DB2 peers and
speakers at the Exhibit Hall and networking events sponsored by some of
IDUG's top vendors
10. Hot Industry Topics
Hear from experts regarding their opinions on important topics. Key sessions include:
Explaining Tuning Results to the C-level
Thomas Baumann, Swiss Mobiliar:
DB2 10 LUW Securely Hiding Behind the Mask
Rebecca Bond, SAP DBA Contractor
The 10 Commandments of Supporting E-commerce Databases
Ember Crooks, Rosetta
The Top Ten Things You Need to Know: For DBAs, Developers and Managers
Craig Mullins, Mullins Consulting, Inc.
Register before March 22 and save on registration!
I have much more to say on this topic, so be sure to follow my blog to avoid missing any updates.
does “big data” mean to you? It is a term that is widely used and can
convey all sorts of concepts, including: huge quantities of data, social
media analytics, next generation data management capabilities,
real-time data, and much more. Once you’ve figured out what “big data”
actually means to you, you must then figure out how to manage and store
it. Are your current systems able to handle this type of data? How
can you be sure?
Several recent articles and blog entries discuss this theme.
The Commoditization of Commercial Database Management Systems?
by Craig Mullins
are so popular these days that they are being taken for granted. This
article argues that databases are intricate, multi-faceted and useful
tools that are necessary to get the most out of the data that is being
collected and should not be considered a commodity as no two offerings
The Continuing Role of the Database in the New Era of Big Data
by Bernie Spang
amounts of complex big data must be stored in databases in order for it
to be analyzed and made of use to businesses. What features in a
database are necessary to take on this challenge?
Big Data: IBM’s Mainframe Customers Base Grows
by Dave Beulke
Big Data solutions are being embraced by companies worldwide. This
discussion shows that IBM Information Management solutions are well
positioned to fill the needs to handle all your big data.
The Maturing of Big Data: From Herding Cats to Taming Tigers
by James Kobielus
all the recent innovation in the big data market, has big data matured?
Have we figured out how to make big data tigers jump through hoops, or
are we still just herding cats?
Infographic: Taming Big Data
Lots of detail here. Take a look, share the graphic and tell us what you think of it.
Taming Big Data: 12 Best Practices for Analysts - Maria Deutscher Are
you ready to “sink your teeth” into Big Data Technology? Learn how to
start using IBM’s technology correctly in order to get the most out of
your efforts by learning these 12 best practices.
In addition to these articles, I highly suggest that you read the report Analytics: The Real-World Use of Big Data.
It is based on the Big Data @ Work Survey conducted by IBM in mid-2012
with 1144 professionals from 95 countries across 26 industries.
“Across industries and geographies, our study found that
organizations are taking a pragmatic approach to big data.
The most effective big data solutions identify business
requirements first, and then tailor the infrastructure, data
sources and analytics to support the business opportunity.
These organizations extract new insights from existing and
newly available internal sources of information, define a big
data technology strategy and then incrementally upgrade their
infrastructures accordingly over time.”
Schiefer is the guest on this week’s DB2Night Show. Berni is a DB2
performance legend and you’ll greatly benefit from hearing his talk.
Berni will share the latest news, tips and advice about DB2 LUW 10.Thanks to IBM Champions and hosts of this fabulous show: Scott Hayes and Martin Hubel
Remember, all shows are recorded, so if you miss it, you can still catch up at a later time.
Also remember that Feb 1 begins the 3rd "DB2's Got Talent Competition. For information, see my blog entry: Become a DB2 evangelist by being speaker!
bet you do! If you follow my blog, you know that I often promote the
fabulous work that our champions do to support IBM’s products. I like
to call the champions IBM’s Best Friends!
Just announced today, the nominations for the 2013 IBM Champion for Information Management program are now open (worldwide) and are being accepted through February 28, 2013.
Candidates may be nominated by another individual or they may
self-nominate at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Nomination2013 .
The official call for nominations information:
applications will be reviewed and approved solely on the efforts of
one’s community contributions, we are especially interested in
applicants outside the United States.
are looking for individuals - customers, business partners,
consultants, professors/students - who demonstrate a strong impact
within the community in some of the following ways....
Information Management offerings in the community with competence and
credibility (content, blogs, presentations, customer references,
analyst/press, videos/podcasts, etc.)
knowledge with and provide support to the community (books, articles,
blogs, forums, IBM Redbooks, presentations, education etc.).
- Nurture Information Management communities (online communities, social groups, user groups, regional user groups, etc.)
A list of current 2012 IBM Champions
To get an idea of some of the work that Champions are appreciated for, take a look at some of my previous blog entries:
Attend IDUG DB2 Tech Conference 2013 - Apr 29 - May 3, 2013 in Orlando, Florida
- Many of the speakers at this conference are IBM Champions, including
Craig Mullins, Bonnie Baker, Martin Hubel, Scott Hayes, Roger Sanders,
Judy Nall, Susan Lawson, Fred Sobotka, and many more!
DB2 Symposiums 2013
- Many of the champions who take part at large IDUG events, also take
part in more regional events like the DB2 Symposiums. Klaas Brant is
the leader in these education sessions.
Check out these Rising Stars in the DB2 Community!
- I’m not sure how many of these “rising stars” are currently
champions, but I think each and everyone of them should be nominated!
What's Happening in Your DB2 World?
- In December, I was having much fun reaching out to many of the
champions who I interact with via twitter and asking them about the DB2
activities they were involved with.
Best Selling Books, 2012 and Many IBM Champions are Authors -
Many of our champions have written books, which I’m very happy about!
I have more writing opportunities as well, so if you’re interested, you
know where to find me!
Become a DB2 evangelist by being speaker!
- IBM Champion Scott Hayes takes part in the DB2 community in many
important ways, but I think that his grooming of future speakers /
experts is outstanding. Perhaps taking part in this competition is a
first step in becoming a champion!
Three DB210 for LUW Certification Exams are now available
- Have you ever considered who creates the questions on these exams?
Would you be surprised if I said IBM Champions did? People like
Rebecca Bond, Roger Sanders, Dan Luksetich, Judy Nall, Susan Lawson, and
others are critical to the success of the certification program.
IBM Champions at IOD: A perfect match and More IBM Champions - I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again... without champions, would there even be an IBM Information on Demand Conference?
haven’t mentioned every champion, but be sure, they are very
appreciated. If you think you contribute in ways such as these, be sure
to nominate yourself or ask someone to nominate you.
you have worked with me and I’ve promoted the work that you’ve done,
feel free to use me as a reference, but give me a heads up. I look
forward to working with all the IBM Champions who I can in the coming