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The analytic hierarchy process (AHP) or pairwise comparison is a framework for decision making, rooted in mathematics and psychology. The widely used technique was created by Thomas L. Saaty, a Distinguished University Professor at the University of Pittsburgh, in the 1970s. Saaty recognized that making decisions is complicated. Knowing how to make the “right” decision...

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Data governance (DG) as an “emergency service” may be one critical lesson learned coming out of the COVID-19 crisis. During times of crises, many of the less critical programs of work may be put on hold however ground-breaking they are. Organizations need to understand what the most critical operational activities are and the most impactful...

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Collaboration is vital to enterprise architecture, and one of the ways to facilitate collaboration is through an enterprise architecture Kanban board. It is an ideal way to manage and track work in progress. Ultimately, the goal of an enterprise architecture initiative is to provide the organization with a complete view of the enterprise, its assets...

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The role of data modeling (DM) has expanded to support enterprise data management, including data governance and intelligence efforts. After all, you can’t manage or govern what you can’t see, much less use it to make smart decisions. Metadata management is the key to managing and governing your data and drawing intelligence from it. Beyond...

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Although there is some crossover, there are stark differences between data architecture and enterprise architecture (EA). That’s because data architecture is actually an offshoot of enterprise architecture. In this post: What Is Data Architecture? The Difference Between Data Architecture and Enterprise Architecture The Value of Data Architecture Data Architecture and Data Modeling The Imperative for...

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In these times of great uncertainty and massive disruption, is your enterprise data helping you drive better business outcomes? The COVID-19 pandemic has forced organizations to tactically adjust their business models, work practices and revenue projections for the short term. But the real challenges will be accelerating recovery and crisis-proofing your business to mitigate the impact...

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Having an enterprise architecture roadmap is essential in modern business. Without it, understanding the current and desired future state can be difficult. An enterprise architecture roadmap does not have to be in contrast with efforts to promote an agile enterprise architecture. The focus of innovation and agile EA is to increase the agility of the...

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Data lineage is the journey data takes from its creation through its transformations over time. It describes a certain dataset’s origin, movement, characteristics and quality. Tracing the source of data is an arduous task. Many large organizations, in their desire to modernize with technology, have acquired several different systems with various data entry points and...

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Having an agile enterprise architecture (EA) is the difference between whether an organization flourishes or flounders in an increasingly changing business climate. Over the years, EA has gotten a bad reputation for not providing business value. However, frameworks and languages like TOGAF, ArchiMate and DODAF aren’t responsible for this perception. In fact, these standards provide...

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What is a Data Catalog?

by Michael Adjei

The easiest way to understand a data catalog is to look at how libraries catalog books and manuals in a hierarchical structure, making it easy for anyone to find exactly what they need. Similarly, a data catalog enables businesses to create a seamless way for employees to access and consume data and business assets in...

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