Leading your organization out of the Application-Centric Quagmire
Or, Data Modelers: If you’re not part of the solution you’re part of the problem
Dave McComb, Semantic Arts
Enterprises of all sizes have lumbered into a trap. The lumbering is the repeated belief that implementing another application system will solve more problems than it causes. The trap is integration debt and escalating complexity and cost. Each application, purchased or built, has its own data model. Each model is arbitrarily different. They have different structures, different labels, different levels of abstraction. Each, individually is far more complex than it needs to be, and the total of all the models populated in an enterprise is many orders of magnitude more complex than they need to be.
It’s up to data modelers to lead the way out of this morass. But not by doing what you have done in the past. In the past, most data modelers have either gone along with the application-centric approach and designed yet another application data model and made matters worse, or advocated for, and occasional got, permission to launch an Enterprise Data Model, which typically took many years to build, was far too complex and was not implemented.
As near as we can tell, there is one way out of the trap, we call it the data-centric approach. In this talk we will outline what the data-centric approach is, how it differs from business as usual, provide case studies of firms who have implemented it and advice on how to get started.
Dave McComb is the President and co-founder of Semantic Arts, a consulting firm that helps organizations uncover the meaning in the data from their information systems. He is also the author of Semantics in Business Systems and Software Wasteland. For 18 years, Semantic Arts has helped firms of all sizes in this endeavor, including Proctor & Gamble, Goldman Sachs, Schneider-Electric, Lexis Nexis, Dun & Bradstreet, and Morgan Stanley. Prior to Semantic Arts, Dave co-founded Velocity Healthcare, where he developed and patented the first fully model driven architecture. Prior to that, he was a part of the problem.