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Data Quality and Governance – why should you care?

Working in data storage in my earlier years, there was always an element of what type of data would be stored on the storage we would architect so that we would get a feel for the performance and capacity required to hold that data – this discussion would naturally lead onto data management, its lifecycle and what it needs to do once it expires.

In a bid to expand the conversation (and sometimes the sale), someone in the room would always ask about data quality, and what software do we have to help to ensure that high data quality exists throughout the complete lifecycle of the data when it is created and stored.

The outputs are only as good as the inputs, and if you feed an analytics engine or database dirty data then you can expect to fall down a rabbit hole – especially if your organisations relies heavily on this information to make key business decisions.

Take a look at the following statistics that I came across a year or so ago (I’m glad I saved this):

All of these factors can have huge implications on achieving business results, not surprisingly over half of the errors are attributed to having no data at all! So how does one prevent making bad decisions with bad data?

It all starts with how you architect data collection points and its relevant data types – take a web form for example. Now I know if you are reading this, then no doubt you would of had to fill in a web form multiple times during your life, whether it is to create a new account on a new social media platform, or to fill in a survey. You might of noticed that some of the drop down boxes only allow certain syntaxes and formats in the bid to ensure accurate data – like typing an email address without the @ sign should not be accepted.

If these measures are not in place, then the end result is a bunch of useless data that is not accurate and likely going to cause your organisation headaches (you can’t email a prospect with no @ in their email).  This leads to lost sales, mistakes, and a lot of administration time trying to clean the data.

My next post in this area will dive a little deeper, and provide some fundamentals on how your organisation can architect a robust data quality and management strategy.

 

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A new year brings…………..?

Good new year to you!  I trust that if you are reading this then you survived the Christmas and New year break and hopefully took some time off to spend it with family and friends.

Last year, brought a ramp up in the adoption of Cloud services among many organisations  – probably not as much as a lot of folks thought to warrant the term ‘shift’, but certainly the maturity of what we perceive to be cloud computing (and what it is not) led to more and more firms asking themselves – How we can do this better and more cost effectively?

This is largely due to the massive number of vendors in the ICT universe, now marketing their offerings as “cloud-ready” –  Microsoft, Oracle, Amazon, and HPE are some of the notable larger players who are now aligning to this new phenomenon along with other smaller vendors now claiming to offer a path to adopting cloud computing.

One of the pitfalls of heading down the cloud path is that companies are finding out that some legacy services simply cannot transform. More often than not, this is due to the fact that the hardware platforms that exist in newer public cloud providers do not resemble their on-premises infrastructure and architecture.

The fallout from this difference is that their most critical applications are no longer performing as expected, proven or even supported leaving their business at risk.  So a lot of companies want cloud, but simply cannot (or perhaps will not) transform to be able to adopt it due to this risk.

Let me pose a question to you – if you are considering cloud but have held off until now due to the unknown risks associated with the change).  “What is the fundamental reason for the reluctance?”

Perhaps cost is an inhibitor, or perhaps it is the unpredictability of the transformation and how things are going to look and perform on the other side that has kept your business from traveling down the cloud road.

Whatever it is, it is not always possible that you can lift and shift all services to the cloud – at a conservative view, for every single CPU associated with Oracle Database, there is at least three CPU’s of other workloads tied to that database which relies on it.  When you put it in this context, the task at hand to transform your business to be cloud-enabled seems enormous!

My next post will cover what Oracle is doing in regards to this transformation and managing change and risk by providing predictability and like-for-like performance for your Oracle database environment as well as other workloads you may have.

I will further discuss Oracle’s view on the journey to the cloud and how it can help you:

 

  1. Streamline Enterprise IT on-premises to be cloud ready should you ever need it
  2. Expand your Private Cloud
  3. Deploy a Hybrid Cloud
  4. Bring Public Cloud onto your Premises
  5. Lift and Shift to Public Cloud

Stay tuned!

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Update – A hiatus? Yes please!

Happy new year! I hope that my readers have had a good break and are fully refreshed to hit 2016 running, I know for me it is going to be a defining year after 2015. (its now March and 2015 seems a long time ago!). I have not blogged for a while and have been fairly absent from Twitter as well as LinkedIn. So where did I fall off the radar to? HIATUS!

A hiatus?

For the last six months, I have been taking a hiatus (going to be honest here and say I was not familiar with this word originally):

noun, plural hiatuses, hiatus

1.a break or interruption in the continuity of a work, series, action, etc.

(Retrieved 27th February from http://www.dictionary.com/browse/hiatus)

 

This resulted in resigning from my job and making a “bucket list” which included seeing more parts of Australia I have never seen before as well as New Zealand. Sightseeing, Hiking, Wine tasting in different regions, Driving, Kayaking, Cycling, Swimming, Salmon fishing were some of the activities I did whilst on my break.

“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it” – Ferris Bueller#Instagram

 

So what is next?

I have had a lot of people ask me what next for me, and I am please to announce I have agreed to join the team at Oracle Australia, focusing on all things storage cloud, analytics and virtualisation.

My role as Principal Technologist will see me dealing with customers of all sizes across all sectors across Australia and New Zealand , and helping them to plan new I.T services through Oracle cloud as well as working with channel partners in delivering top solutions to their customers.

Why Oracle?

Simply, The People, Technology and Possibilities:

The People

Haven spoken to a lot of the people I would be working with in this role, I gained a clear view and appreciation that there are some very dedicated and enthusiastic people on board which is truly exciting and invigorating – when you are surrounded with that enthusiasm and those positive attitudes, how can one not be inspired.

I spoke to the leadership team and got the feel that it was the right type of leadership to work for (extremely important to me); there is so much opportunity to build a really successful business through partners and customers. The truth is, the group is a start-up business within a massive corporation which gives off a real sense of start-up culture and vibe.

The Technology,

If we look at the most recent Integrated Systems Magic Quadrant published by Gartner as of August 2015, we see that Oracle along with VCE, Nutanix and HP are real contenders in the converged infrastructure market which is rising to be the future of storage platforms as we know it.

Yes, there are still companies that are focusing just on the next evolution of storage (flash), but some of these contenders will struggle as customers are no longer wanting just storage and are looking for real-world integrated packages that are proven and backed by strong ventures. There will be storage startups exiting the market this year.

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The Possibilities

I like to build and grow businesses, and the Oracle storage business has so much potential to grow with some pretty impressive tech so evangelizing and educating customers and partners on why this technology can really help their I.T challenges seemed like a fun way to spend my 9-5.

Lastly, Oracle is a huge multinational and traditionally not known for storage – so the opportunity to learn other platforms and technologies other than storage was attractive. Whilst I do not think I will end up as a DBA type, I do know that their application stack sit in the Enterprise space so being able to be exposed to these platforms would be a fresh breath of air.

vExpert 2016 – Evangelist

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I am proud to be recognized again in this elite group by VMware, this will be my fourth camp receiving the Evangelist award, and although I have not been posting as much content as I have in previous years, I plan to step it up in 2016 as a new opportunity has arisen which I plan to use to engage the community.

What is really cool is that not all vExperts are alike, they are no longer posting similar content due to VMware diversifying their portfolio . This is resulting in mass generation of rich content in all aspects of VMware! We have vExperts in Server virtualization, Desktop virtualization, Network Virtualization, Automation etc. and the list has grown phenomenally since I first got awarded a few years back. A special shout out to Corey Romero for his hard work in keeping this program running.

For a more complete list please visit http://blogs.vmware.com/vmtn/2016/02/vexpert-2016-award-announcement.html

Thats it for now, my next posts will be focused on Oracle ZFS and some of the best practices and learnings I come up with around that! Stay tuned!