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Archive | 2009

Stages in Data Modeling

A newcomer to this subject asked me the question “Where do I start and what are the stages in Data Modeling?”.  Here, in brief, is the answer I gave. The first step in data modeling is data analysis.  This means gathering information that will tell you what data entities are required by the business. You then need […]

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Data Management

Data is an invaluable asset. Not only is it essential for successfully supporting current operations but it will enable you to plan the future growth and success of your enterprise. To this end Data Management is essential. Effective Data Management needs an effective Data Architecture. An effective Data Architecture can only be achieved by doing […]

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Data Models are for Wimps!

In the building industry, before a building is ever erected you will have an architect’s plan defining in full each of its facets. You would then have wiring diagrams and plumbing diagrams. Last of all a decoration and furnishing plan. All of this before a brick is laid. No builder would consider building a house […]

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VPN versus LAN

A network colleague is going to putting together  a paper on the benefits that can accrue from having an integrated information system provided by a Virtual Private Network (VPN) as opposed to an unintegrated Local Area Network (LAN). Some of the benefits he initially listed were data integrity, reduced auditing, etc. My advice to him […]

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Can You Use Normalisation in SOA?

Many commentators are beginning to incorrectly use the term “normalisation” when they are talking about removing duplication from Service-oriented architecture (SOA). This a practice to be avoided, not just with SOA but in all communication, as it creates confusion and error.

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Prince 2 or PMP?

A question I was recently asked was which of these two is the most effective Project Management Methodology. Prince2 is very formulaic – some might say bureaucratic – and most be followed strictly if it is the defined methodology for the project.  PMP is more of a guide of best project management practice. All good […]

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IMM – Born in New Zealand

The integrated modelling method was born in Queenstown, New Zealand in 2003. My career was a Consultant Business Analyst working in enterprises of all sizes from family businesses to international corporations in Ireland, Europe and the UK. In December 2000 I travelled to New Zealand for my 50th Birthday and fell in love with the […]

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Must a Business Function Always Transform Data?

“Must a Business Function always create or transform data or information?” was question I was asked by a computing student last week. The simple answer is very definite “YES”. So, if you have a “Business Function” in your enterprise that does not create or transform information, then, whatever else it might be, it is definitely NOT a genuine Business Function.
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One "L" or Two??

One of the first questions that many of you will be asking is “does this guy not know how to spell ‘modeling’?”, others will be asking “does this guy not know how to spell ‘modelling’?”. Does it have one “L” or two. Well the answer is both! We deal with a global audience and for […]

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What is Data State Modeling?

Data in a business can often exist in many states.  For example, a theatre booking could possibly exist in the states of “provisional”, “cancelled”, “confirmed”, “transferred”, “picked up”.  If such were the case it might be essential to know what Business Functions move the booking from one state to the next. Data State Modeling is the […]

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