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Variations on Textual Data

Textual data comes in a variety of formats, which information technology (IT) specialists and end-users must be aware of and address when developing and using textual solutions. When you ask a person about processing text, the usual reaction is to simply say – “well you just read text…”  Most people do not give a second thought to reading text.  They

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Difficult Decisions in Business Analysis: Truth or Dare

The Business Analyst plays “Truth or Dare.” Does Dare accept the challenge of an impossible task and possibly discover hidden opportunity or accept the conventional truth and bypass the challenge? Introduction In the game Truth or Dare, a player either responds to a question by telling the truth or is dared to complete a difficult task. Often, the Business Analyst

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Foundations of Business Analysis

Business Analysis is an essential skill that every successful organization must have, since it focuses on determining solutions to business problems using process and proven techniques. Introduction Business analysis is the collection of activities that allow an organization to examine their goals and objectives, and the processes they must use to achieve those goals and objectives. It is the set

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4 Workforce Thoughts for Information Governance

Did you know the greatest threat to information governance and security is your own employees? Introduction The 2015 Data Breach Forecast by Experian found that employees were the main cause of about 60% of security incidents.  Although this type of breach doesn’t make the news in the same way that outside hackers do, the threat of malicious insiders, unauthorized use

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Evolution of Textual Data

Evolutions occur gradually, and the evolution of textual data’s capabilities has shown the value inherent in it, despite the limitations of traditional database management systems The least obvious time to be aware that you are witnessing an evolution is in the middle of the evolution. Evolutions occur gradually and naturally, to the point that they just seem natural to the

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Examining Data Privacy Impact Assessments

A Privacy Impact Assessment, or PIA, is an analysis of how personally identifiable information (PII) is collected, used, shared, and maintained Introduction Along with all the other acronyms concerning privacy, PII (Personally Identifiable Information), GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation), DPO (Data Protection Officer), COPPA, (Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act), and many others, another one has emerged: PIA (Privacy Impact Assessment) .  PIAs

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Building a Rock Solid Data and Analytics Strategy

Every organization’s analytics strategy should be connected to its data strategy; and every organization should have a data strategy that supports its business strategy Introduction Like the lyrics in the children’s song Dem Bones, “the hip bone’s connected to the thigh bone”, your data strategy is connected to your analytics strategy – or it should be! Further, your analytics strategy

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A Continuing Struggle with Enterprise Architecture

Proper enterprise architecture must include business focus and business involvement, and models of business requirements at all levels are needed as well as models for hardware, software, network, data, etc.… Introduction Recently, I received a letter from a friend of mine who was valiantly trying to initiate some architectural activity in a very large enterprise within a very important industry

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Realizing Optimal Value from Cloud Migration

Realizing the most value from cloud migration can be achieved through adopting a new architecture to suit legacy and current databases Introduction Cloud adoption rates continue to increase due to the cost savings, flexibility, reliability, scalability, and often improved security that can be accomplished using a cloud solution. A PaaS (platform as a service) approach can be used to host

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Choosing a Database Management System or a Query Engine

Database management systems and query engines may seem to be suited for analytics. However, it is important to understand the technical and business requirements for the solution before choosing. Introduction As we travel through life, we are constantly assessing our choices. Should you eat that salad, or opt for the burger? Should you marry your partner or seek greener pastures

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