Data Management - 5 Data Management Fundamentals

I continue to be amazed by high ranking executives, directors, managers and team leads that have only a minimal understanding of data management fundamentals and principles. I know I come from the old school, having gone through the industry and career transitions from flat files (VSAM), to Hierarchical (IMS), to networked (IDMS) to Relational (DB2, . . . → Read More: Data Management – 5 Data Management Fundamentals

System Ready for Year End? - 4 Things to Double Check

As the final days of the year approach I again want to thank all my readers for their support and comments this year. Year end is always hectic as the holidays, shopping, and year-end requirements approach. Below are four critical items that will hopefully jog your memory and help you avoid year-end troubles so you . . . → Read More: System Ready for Year End? – 4 Things to Double Check

Five Data Management Trends for 2016

I want to thank all my readers for their support and comments this year. It has been a great year speaking at many of the user group meetings and, as always, a pleasure and honor working/hearing from all of you throughout the year. I believe information technology is going through another transformation which will especially . . . → Read More: Five Data Management Trends for 2016

Five Data Management Trends for 2015

‘Tis the holiday season, and I want to thank all my readers for their comments and encouragement. It has been a pleasure and honor working/hearing from all of you. I enjoy the challenges of data management too much, and my curious nature has me continuing to explore and write about all its aspects. Data management . . . → Read More: Five Data Management Trends for 2015

3 Reasons Your DB2 Environment Is Becoming Partly Cloudy

Existing traditional data models are going through transformations as Big Data, NoSQL, and Cloud Database as a Service capabilities rapidly take business to new heights. New business models are quickly changing the world with 55-person companies like WhatsApp scaling worldwide to disrupt/replace traditional businesses and services. Businesses can be created that serve millions of customers’ . . . → Read More: 3 Reasons Your DB2 Environment Is Becoming Partly Cloudy

Three Ways to Avoid Big Data Chaos

Companies are always trying everything to gain a competitive edge, but with dysfunctional data procedures, management/CIO turnover, and lean business profits, new data projects face unprecedented difficulties. With the plethora of IT trends, directions and technologies, cloud platforms, big data, and new anemic exotic scripting languages, IT personnel are getting conflicting directions for their project . . . → Read More: Three Ways to Avoid Big Data Chaos

Five Data Management Trends for 2014

Another year has come and gone. Content continues to gain mindshare with the CEO as companies that get hacked and individuals on Facebook better understand the importance of governance, security and overall data management issues. Last year’s “Five Data Management Trends for 2013” turned out to be fairly accurate so hopefully I can keep . . . → Read More: Five Data Management Trends for 2014

3 Cost-Saving Budget Ideas for Your IT 2014

As the budget process starts for next year, if the IT department is lucky, it will be asked to do many more projects with only 3% more budget. In some organizations the IT budget has been taken over by the business units, and the IT budget is being reduced while business units spend millions on . . . → Read More: 3 Cost-Saving Budget Ideas for Your IT 2014

Five Data Management Trends for 2013

Another year has come to an end and it’s interesting to hear all the various 2013 predictions. Being around for a while I love the technology predictions but I haven’t seen one on data management trends so here is one for everyone to compare their own thoughts against. Please send me an email with your . . . → Read More: Five Data Management Trends for 2013

Facebook: Welcome to the Machine

Watching all the fanfare around the Facebook IPO and listening to the talking heads on Bloomberg and CNBC, I see the notion of Facebook is being put forward as a future internet platform. Being an IT guy for many years now and having gone through the client server, PCs and Internet fades, I don’t see . . . → Read More: Facebook: Welcome to the Machine