AM10: Building An Enterprise Data Reservoir and Data Refinery
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  Mike Ferguson   Mike Ferguson
Managing Director
Intelligent Business Strategies Ltd.


Monday, March 30, 2015
08:30 AM - 11:45 AM

Level:  Advanced

Most organizations today are dealing with multiple silos of information. These include cloud and on-premises based transaction processing systems, multiple data warehouses, data marts, reference data management (RDM) systems, master data management (MDM) systems, content management (ECM) systems and more recently Big Data NoSQL platforms such as Hadoop and other NoSQL databases. In addition the number of data sources is increasing dramatically especially from outside the enterprise. Given this situation it is not surprising that many companies have ended up managing information in silos with different tools being used to prepare and manage data across these systems with varying degrees of governance. In addition, it is not only IT that is now managing data. Business users are also getting involved with new self-service data wrangling tools. The question is, is this the only way to manage data? Is there another level that we can get reach to allow us to more easily manage and govern data across an increasingly complex data landscape?

This session explores a new approach getting control of your data that includes participation from IT data architects, business users and IT developers. It looks at creating and organising data in reservoirs and introduces data refineries in an enterprise approach to managing data. It emphasises the need for a common collaborative process and common data services to govern and manage data. In particular it looks at:

  • The ever increasing distributed data landscape
  • The siloed approach to managing and governing data
  • IT data integration, self-service data wrangling or both? – data governance or data chaos?
  • A new inclusive approach to governing and managing data
  • Introducing the data reservoir and data refinery
  • How does a data reservoir and data refinery work?
    • Managing raw and trusted data in a data reservoir
    • What is involved in the data refining process?
    • Technology components and data services used in a data reservoir and data refinery
    • Publicising, capturing, preparing, securing and protecting data in a data reservoir and data refinery
  • Mapping new data and insights into your shared business vocabulary
  • The mission critical importance of an information catalog in a distributed data landscape
  • Integrating data reservoirs and data refineries into your existing environment

Mike Ferguson is the Managing Director of Intelligent Business Strategies. An independent IT analyst and consultant, he specialises in BI/Analytics, big data and data management. He has over 35 years of experience with 27 years in BI/Analytics, 36 years in Data Management, 13 years in Smart Business and six years in Big Data Analytics on Hadoop and NoSQL. Mike works at board, senior IT and detailed technical IT levels on a strategy for BI/Analytics, technology selection, enterprise architecture, data strategy, MDM and Big Data. He has spoken at events all over the world and written numerous articles. Formerly a principal and co-founder of Codd and Date Europe Limited, the inventors of the Relational Model, he was also Chief Architect at Teradata on the Teradata DBMS and European Managing Director of Database Associates. He teaches popular master classes in Big Data Fundamentals, Big Data, New Technologies for DW and BI, Operational BI, Data Governance, Master Data Management and Big Data Management.

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