Hi, I'm a Program Director with IBM Data Studio software. I've had a long history with IBM and, in particular, database and database tools spanning DB2 for z/OS, data replication, business intelligence, information integration, and database management tools.
I recently attended the CIO Forum
in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The CIO Forum is a 2 day regional event held in various cities across the United States focused on developing executive IT leadership, networking with peers, and leveraging technology to succeed in the global economy. There were around one hundred attendees which made it a great size for interacting.
A few of things stand out for me:
First, of course, our panel on Integrated Data Management with Deborah Hurley, Chief Warehouse Architect for Constant Contact, and Joe Farrugia, VP of Sales and Consulting for Dynamic Systems Solutions. Deborah is leading the way towards effective alignment of business and IT at Constant Contact. Using Rational Data Architect
, IBM InfoSphere Information Server
, and Business Glossary
together, Constant Contact is driving ownership of the glossary terms with the subject matter experts in the line of business, but keeping IT in synch through integrations with Rational Data Architect and Information Server. Linking business and IT is key to developing trusted information assets, and business analysts are going to be front and center in this evolution.
The increasing importance of the business analyst role was also echoed in an analyst research note I'd read on the plane on the way to Pittsburgh. And at the event, one of the attendees spoke of their business curriculum that was morphing to focus on developing the cross-business-and-IT skill set needed to perform these emerging roles. Check out Deborah's session at Information on Demand.
Constant Contact Manages Metadata: RDA, Cognos BI, & Information Server
, Thursday, Oct 30 at 8:30 AM.
I'd really like to hear from you... How is your organization managing alignment across business and IT?
The next thing I noticed is the degree of interest in data archiving solutions (even more than data privacy solutions). Our IBM table garnered lots of interest, particularly about our data archiving solutions (or maybe it was the ever-popular THINK ball caps). Folks we spoke to were looking to data archiving to improve performance for both online and batch processing and to retain information off-line for regulatory purposes while providing fast access in case of discovery requirements. They thought IBM Optim
solutions sounded very promising, particularly given their cross-platform, cross-database, and application-aware characteristics. I think Joe Farrugia's description of client successes and savings drew them our way, too. If this is an area of interest to you, too, you might want to check out another session at IOD:
Mid-American Energy: DB2 Archiving for Performance and Cost Control,
Wednesday, Oct 29th at 11:30 AM. Are archiving or data privacy top issues for your organization? What are your key business drivers?
I'm really interested in hearing from you all about issues around business and IT. It's always good to be able to feed real scenarios back to our engineering teams to ensure that we hit the mark. Feel free to comment using the Comment link below, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us your story!