This article was originally published as a guest post on The Hub Designs Magazine web site. —————————————————– I recently conducted a very non-scientific study of the marketing material provided by the major Master Data Management (MDM) vendors. My hypothesis for this study was that I don’t believe that MDM product vendors know how to effectively [...]
Author Archive for David Pratt
Last year at this time, I created the inaugural edition of the Data Management Wonk’s Reading List. It seems to have been well-enough received so I am doing it again this year. Much like last year’s list, these books all pretty much fall within the data management, enterprise architecture, and IT management topics. The intent [...]
I bought this book on the title alone. The topic of the relationship between IT and Business is one of those hot-button topics for me. I have worked at some really dysfunctional places over the years and this is always the root-cause of the dysfunction. Ms. Cramm previously held positions as both a CIO and CFO, so she has a lot of street cred (at least with me) when it comes to telling both groups how they should be working together.
Dear Santa, My Name is David and this year I turned…um, well, let’s just say that I’m a little older than most of the other boys writing to you. I think you’ll find that I’ve been pretty good for the most part, so I’m hoping that you’ll at least hear me out on this. I’ve [...]
This was an impulse buy for me. I’ve worked with a couple of the software tools – BaseCamp and Backpack – developed by the author’s company, 37signals, and have great respect for what they have accomplished. Reading the book’s description, I was intrigued by its teasing of “counter-intuitive ideas” towards successful business.
I was recently reading some of the answers to a question posted on Focus.com and was troubled by a statement within one of them. Keep in mind that the following quote comes from the president of a company. He said, “…And remember that IT is part of the Corporate Axis of Evil, along with Procurement [...]
You know what the problem is with data management? It’s not sexy, or even interesting, to most business leaders. They couldn’t care less about data or its management; it’s actionable information and efficient, accurate processes that they desire. Data quality, master data management (MDM), data integration, even data governance; if you can’t show how these [...]
I read a lot. Seriously … a LOT. Unfortunately, I also have a rather short attention span. Due to this, I have a tendency to have three, four, or more books going at once and switch back and forth between them until they’re done. Weird, I know, but it somehow works for me. Anyway, with [...]
One of my favorite pet phrases is, “Pay me now, or pay me later; either way, you’re gonna pay me.” This is my way of pointing out that the decision being made at that moment could have long-term effects on the product being developed. I want people to see that their sub-optimal decisions can come [...]
I read a lot of personal and professional development material. One thing that I frequently see within that material that drives me absolutely crazy is how failure is perceived. It’s gotten to the point where it’s seen as a right of passage in a person’s career arc. The more failure we experience, the more awesome [...]