21st Century Health Care?


Interesting use cases abound for Master Data Management, but few hit as close to home as Medical Health Records. Though known colloquially as Personal Health Records (PHR), Electronic Health Records (EHR) or even as Employee Health Records (also EHR)... there is a substantial need across the care triumvirate (Patient-Provider-Payer) to begin to align content across purposes in a non-leaky way. A very interesting company - MedCommons - has been pushing…

Fallacies of Enterprise Information Management (part deux)…


With some hearty comments from Tom Maguire, I've been forced to adjust some of these fallacies: 1. Data quality is perfect - data is correct, complete and coherent across all enterprise contexts - People will remediate bad data - if inaccuracies are found (contrary to the axiom above) users will willingly and proactively make changes, and all users will agree with those changes 2. Relationships are Known - The linkages…

Continued emergence of MDM in SOA


Tom Maguire pointed me to an interesting podcast from Marty Moseley, CTO of Initiate Systems, one of 2 remaining leadership quadrant companies in CDI & MDM (the other being Siperian). Marty wanes relatively eloquently on this “third pass” at MDM, and the challenges that MDM faces/addresses within a SOA/BPM oriented set of orchestrated activities. http://www.eweek.com/c/a/Web-Services-and-SOA/Orchestrating-Your-Data/ My take, nothing outlandish or incredibly insightful, but does give a primer to the value…

SOA + SOI = VOA?


So there has been much ado from commercial technologists, analysts and press about the emergence of SOA as a silver bullet in the defining of a common Enterprise / Inter-Enterprise Service model, and in an approach to the re-factoring of existing legacy systems. Though there are almost as many approaches to SOA as there are articles defining and re-defining the terms, one of the critical lessons is that SOA will…

SAP and Informatica join forces


Wow am I remiss for not posting this article sooner... SAP has agreed to include data federation tools from Informatica with some of its enterprise resource planning and analytics products. The combination of the two products is intended to help customers analyze data stored in third-party or legacy systems. It also solves a marketing problem for SAP, as the applications from Informatica will help the company sell into larger enterprises…

HP OpsWare, a logical, pre-emptive move


As many know HP announced it's intention to buy OpsWare for $1.45B on Monday (7/23/2007). Some seem think that they are just buying into a negative cash flow business. My gut, tells me that OpsWare has had problems because deeper management software integration (OpenView) and HW integration would help them to create multiplicative value in operational efficiency; easing the “we'd buy it if it were just a little more integrated”…

Agile Data Governance…. akin to Agile enterprise software development?


I have long said that the failure of SOA programs has to do more with politics of data/process ownership than the technologies on which you build these enterprise SOA initiatives. Furthermore, that the failure to address the information models as first class citizens in a Service Oriented Architecture presents huge risks to both adoption and down stream architectural stability. As background, working for an Information Infrastructure company, and having worked…

Information Management Truisms


I have long been a fan of Peter Deutsch's fallacies (btw I'm not alone, Google this AM produced over 22k references) of network/distributed computing, they have served as a set of guiding checkpoints for every distributed system that I have built. What I have found to be missing, however, is a similar set of fallacies/truisms for managing Information while we approach “internet scale” information infrastructure... the information explosion. Truisms defined…

Elliote and David… Korean War vs. the XML War


My feelings about WS-* vs. REST have never been hidden, in fact I wear them on my sleeve, and this analogy really cracked me up... some interesting comments as well. The Cafes » North and South : The analogy isn’t as silly as it sounds either. North Korean/Soviet style “communism” fails because it believes massive central planning works better than the individual decisions of millions of economic actors. WS-* fails…

Routable IB for the Long Haul


Finally.... (thanks John Walton for the heads up) Longbow XR allows arbitrarily distant InfiniBand fabrics to communicate at full bandwidth through 10Gbits/s Wide Area Networks. The WAN connection is managed out of band, and except for flight time induced latency is transparent to the InfiniBand hardware, stacks, operating systems and applications. XR achieves flow control by shaping WAN traffic and managing buffer credits to ensure extremely high efficiency bulk data…