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Data Rationalization and Semantic Resolution

Data rationalization through managed metadata and data modeling, can support semantic resolution, enabling improved analysis and knowledge transfer. Introduction Across the Internet and within internal systems, ontologies are used to improve search capabilities and make inferences for improved human or computer reasoning. By relating terms in ontology, the user doesn’t need to know the exact term actually stored in the

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Global Project Management Office Implementation Part 4

Project Management Office (PMO) implementations need project portfolio management and project management tools to sustain the PMO function Introduction Part 1 covered requirements of creating a PMO and the steps needed for a successful PMO. This part also addressed a breakdown of the elements and processes which constitute the many components of a PMO. Part 2 addressed the challenges that

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Agile Framework for Managing and Measuring Enterprise Business Intelligence

To be agile, business intelligence and analytics systems need frameworks and metrics to enable stable evolution. Introduction Enterprise Business Intelligence and analytics solutions are complex implementation efforts because of the Develop – Support (Growth-Sustain) cycles followed concurrently. Every enterprise wide BI system continuously evolves over a period with new business functionality added at regular intervals, and they need to be in

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Dimensional Data Modeling Fact Qualifier Matrix

Fact Qualifier Matrix capabilities can be expanded to improve the value of conformed dimensions in business intelligence and analytics systems Introduction The venerable Fact Qualifier Matrix (FQM) has been a tool long used for demonstrating for dimensional models how fact and dimension tables intersect to ensure that dimensional models are conformed. A key principle of dimensional modeling is that dimensions must

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Global Project Management Office Implementation Part 3

Project Management Office (PMO) implementations require four elements to ensure successful planning, execution and measurement of the PMO function Introduction There are four elements that help organizations and individuals working in a Project Management Office (PMO) to establish assessment criteria, prepare for execution, develop an action plan, and measure the benefits of a global project management office. Mature organizations lead

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Data Security or the Ethics of “Inappropriate Curiosity”

Ethical challenges to data usage can arise from many sources, including “inappropriate curiosity.” All organizations should enforce good ethical data management behaviors. Introduction Early reports have been disheartening. Several contractors for the Federal Government Department of State have been disciplined and dismissed for “inappropriate curiosity” over data held in their charge. What were they thinking! Any possible political motivation on

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Global Project Management Office Implementation Part 2

Challenges to Project Management Office (PMO) implementation can be addressed by following best practices and proven techniques Introduction Creating and designing (planning) a Project Management  Office (PMO) is half of the work – seeing it through (executing) is the work itself and it is a very important component for any newly established PMO. Furthermore, understanding the challenges that surround a

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Project Risk Assessment in Uncertain Organizational Climates

Project risk assessment and management are important project management activities. All project managers should assess risk for every project and manage it appropriately. Introduction Risk assessment is often one of the most neglected yet most important areas of project management . This is largely because many project managers have not taken the time at the onset of the project to

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Global Project Management Office Implementation Part 1

Global Project Management Office (PMO) development and implementation requires planning and support to ensure successful implementation Introduction There has been a growth in the Project Management  Office (PMO) market and PMOs seem mushrooming everywhere in every organization. The good news is it is about time the PMO function started to take a prominent role within the various industries and among

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