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Welcome to the IRM UK April newsletter.


In this issue we feature the following articles:


No1. Big Data, Little Governance by Dr. Barry Devlin


No2. The Softer Side of Change by Mike Clark


No3. Beyond Firefighting:A Leaders Guide to Proactive Data Quality Management, an Experian White Paper by Dylan Jones



No1. Big Data, Little Governance


Attend any big data conference, read almost any big data article and you will most likely come away with a sense of awe about what wonderful discoveries can be made in the fire hose of data available from Facebook or Twitter, or the tsunami coming from the burgeoning Internet of Things, led by the ubiquitous smartphone. Look deeper and you see that it’s not just about discovering interesting behaviours or previously unknown facts. It’s about new business processes and new forms of business. Download the article here.


Barry will be delivering a workshop on Business unIntelligence - a New Architectural Hub for Data Governance and Quality at the MDM & Data Governance Conference in London, 19 May. Click here for further information. 


No2. The Softer Side of Change by Mike Clark


Traditional buzz words such as process re-engineering and process improvement are becoming part of every day language once again, as organisations try to become leaner. The challenge faced by organisations when applying these improvement techniques is that the world we find ourselves in today is very different to when these approaches were first defined.  Organisations are no longer stand alone entities, most are now part of a large ecosystem with complex interdependencies, spread in some cases across the globe. Has this complexity made us focus on the wrong areas and have we lost sight of our customer? Download the article here.


Mike will be speaking at the Enterprise Architecture Conference, 16-18 June, London on Designing Experiences with Outside-In Architecture.



No3. Beyond Firefighting: A Leaders Guide to Proactive Data Quality Management, an Experian white paper by Dylan Jones


“I don’t really understand why you’re here, we don’t have any data quality issues”. These were the words of a utilities data manager upon my arrival to assess their data as part of a corporate transformation scheme. It’s common for some managers to react in this way because in their eyes there are no issues. The business goes about its work, there are no embarrassing stories of poor data quality hitting the headlines and everything seems to be operating as expected. But scratch the surface and things are not what they seem.? Download the white paper here.


Information from our Partners:


DAMA International

DAMA International is a not-for-profit, vendor-independent association of technical and business professionals dedicated to advancing the concepts and practices for data resource management and enterprise information. The primary purpose of DAMA International is to promote the understanding, development, and practice of managing data and information to support business strategies. DAMA International has chapters throughout the world. DAMA members network with other professionals to share ideas, trends, problems, and solutions., the Data Administration Newsletter is the industry leading publication for people interested in learning about data administration and data management disciplines / best practices. Each monthly issue addresses the most challenging issues of the day. Click here to subscribe.




Enterprise Management 360


EM360° is a digital platform dedicated to over 280,000 subscribers, with our quarterly magazine available on most tablets and mobile devices via the App Store, Google Play, BlackBerry World and Amazon Kindle stores.  Reporting on the latest IT trends in the market with the assistance of expert analysts and solution providers, EM360° offers specialist coverage surrounding Application, Business, Infrastructure, Information and Security Management sectors.  With an established medium for editorial and online resources, we serve a global audience of C-level executives, management and IT practitioners, informing them of the latest developments in the enterprise IT sphere.



Business Process Incubator


Business Process Incubator is the global online resource of all things Process.  Free registration provides access to a wealth of BPM, Lean, Six Sigma, Change Management & Strategic Planning.  Business Solutions including free BPMN modelers, best practice presentations, standards compliant verification and conversion web-services, and a comprehensive BPM eLearning curriculum.







IRM UK Conferences:


Master Data Management Summit Europe, 19-21 May, London


Data Governance Conference Europe, 19-21 May, London


Enterprise Architecture Conference Europe, 16-18 June, London


Business Process Management Conference Europe, 16-18 June, London


TDWI BI & DW Symposium, 8-10 September, London


Business Analysis Conference Europe, 22 - 24 September, London


Enterprise Data & BI Conference Europe, 3-5 November, London



IRM UK Seminars:


NEW Seminar:

Business Intelligence, Big Data, and Data Warehousing: New Technologies and Developments Explained with Rick van der Lans, 19-20 June, London


Enterprise Architecture

TOGAF Certification

Zachman Certification

Business Analytics

IT Strategy

Aligning Business and IT

Business Process

Business Rules

Business Analysis

Requirements Process

Data Modelling

Information Strategy

Data Quality

Business Intelligence

Big Data


Visit for full information on our events.


Information from our Partners:



TEC’s Supply Chain Management (SCM) Buyer’s Guide

In the course of talking to end users, software vendors, consultants, and other industry parties, we at Technology Evaluation Centers (TEC) are hearing about a wide range of challenging issues specific to supply chain functioning.

In TEC’s SCM Buyer’s Guide, four issues that have the greatest impact on supply chain operations are highlighted. We delve into these challenges, such as the increasing demand for “real-time supply chain”, with real-life cases to show customer successes and thought leadership about SCM. Furthermore, a breakdown of standard SCM product functionality and details of a select list of vendors who support those requirements are presented in the buyer’s guide.

To learn more about SCM vendors and major next-generation technology trends affecting SCM solutions, download the complete TEC SCM Buyer’s Guide here.


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