How solid is your information management system?

May 19, 2010
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Solidity: (noun)  the state, property, or quality of being solid. having firmness and strength; substantialness.

An enterprise’s information system is the primary pillar and support system for the majority of its business operations, intelligence and day-to-day transactions.   Depending on the complexity of the organization and how quickly it operates, the ability to organize, analyze and effectively manage enterprise information becomes increasingly crucial to its success.   As an IM professional, you want to ensure that this system can withhold the pressure of these operations and managements ever-changing needs. 

Although most IM pros understand this challenge- they often don’t know how to overcome it.

Larry Dubov, senior director of business management consulting at IBM-owned Initiate Systems, writes a good post explaining how data hubs can work with SOA to increase solidity in your information management system:

The data hub as master data service (MDS) provides an ideal way for managing data within a service-oriented-architecture (SOA) environment. The MDS is the hub,

Solidity: (noun)  the state, property, or quality of being solid. having firmness and strength; substantialness.

An enterprise’s information system is the primary pillar and support system for the majority of its business operations, intelligence and day-to-day transactions.   Depending on the complexity of the organization and how quickly it operates, the ability to organize, analyze and effectively manage enterprise information becomes increasingly crucial to its success.   As an IM professional, you want to ensure that this system can withhold the pressure of these operations and managements ever-changing needs. 

Although most IM pros understand this challenge- they often don’t know how to overcome it.

Larry Dubov, senior director of business management consulting at IBM-owned Initiate Systems, writes a good post explaining how data hubs can work with SOA to increase solidity in your information management system:

The data hub as master data service (MDS) provides an ideal way for managing data within a service-oriented-architecture (SOA) environment. The MDS is the hub, and all systems communicate directly with it using SOA principles. Participating systems are ‘autonomous’ in SOA parlance, meaning that they can stay independent of one another and do not have to know the details of how other systems manage master data. This allows disparate system-specific schemas and internal business rules to be hidden, which greatly reduces tight coupling and the overall brittleness of the ecosystem.

This is great advice for service-oriented architectures, but what about other frameworks?  What advice can you offer complex organizations who don’t rely on SOA?

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