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Welcome to my blog on the UK Business Intelligence Network. I hope to help you stay in touch with hot topics and reality on the ground in the UK and European business intelligence markets and to provide content, opinion and expertise on business intelligence (BI) and its related technologies. I also would relish it if you too can share your own valuable experiences. Let's hear what's going on in BI in the UK.

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Mike Ferguson is Managing Director of Intelligent Business Strategies Limited, a leading information technology analyst and consulting company. As lead analyst and consultant, he specializes in enterprise business intelligence, enterprise business integration, and enterprise portals. He can be contacted at +44 1625 520700 or via e-mail at mferguson@intelligentbusiness.biz.

Having read David Linthicum's blog on MDM and Cloud computing about the impact on data of applications moving off premise, I have to say that I couldn't agree more with him. What David is pointing out is that the fracturing of data caused by the adoption of cloud computing raises the importance of MDM in keeping disparate data synchronised.

This brings back memories of Business Process Outsourcing adoption several years back and what it did to companies that had no business process integration in place before they outsourced some process activities. The result of that strategy was that it fractured processes even more in many cases and sent some of the data outside the enterprise making it more difficult to get at. As applications go off premise there is a real danger MDM could get out of reach. It requires MDM to start to get implemented to get control over data. SalesForce.com data is already coming inside the enterprise via ETL tools into DWs. Several ETL vendors support this. I just don't think that there has been many bringing it back in to populate MDM. Siperian has some case studies of their MDM customer working with cloud applications - in particuar SalesForce.com. What it does say, is that pursuing a cloud computing strategy on external cloud based virtualized servers without a data governance strategy, could very well wreak havoc on any enterprise.

With virtualization being high on the agenda of many CIOs, I would suggest that they should also keep an eye on risk management and compliance otherwise they could well cause make it harder to achieve trusted data. Without MDM, a clound computing deployment strategy certainly puts an Enterprise Data Quality Firewall and data integration services high up the agenda priority list!


Posted September 28, 2009 1:07 PM
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