IRM UK January Newsletter 2013 - Happy New Year


In this issue we have the following articles:

Why Innovations and Investments Fail And What Boards Can Do About It by Chris Potts

BI and Data Warehousing 2012: A Memorable Year by Stephen Swoyer

Agile Business Analysis in Flow by Ellen Gottesdiener

Business Processes and Organisational Capability by Roger Burlton

What is the Subject Area Model by Steve Hoberman



The TDWI BI Symposium London 2013, 18-20 March

TDWI, in partnership with IRM UK, is pleased to present the TDWI BI Symposium in London, 18–20 March 2013. The Symposium provides the leading forum for business and technology professionals looking to gain in-depth, vendor-neutral education on business intelligence and data warehousing. Designed specifically to maximise your learning experience and training investments, the information you gain at this event will enable you to immediately impact your current initiatives.

Four tracks of courses to choose from:
 - Big Data
 - Business-Value-Driven Analytics
 - Dimensional Modelling
 - Business Intelligence Essentials

Visit the event website for full information.

Why Innovations and Investments Fail And What Boards Can Do About It by Chris Potts

Every organisation has within it a value chain for investing in people's enterprise, and with that the capital they need. This value chain - for 'Enterprise Investment' - has to constantly recognise how much of the organisation's goals can be achieved through existing operations, and therefore what the investments in innovation must deliver.

Download the article here. Chris will be presenting his Driving Business Innovation with Enterprise Architecture Seminar in London, 20 - 21 February and the Corporate Strategy for IT Seminar in London, 19 - 20 March.

BI and Data Warehousing 2012: A Memorable Year by Stephen Swoyer of TDWI?

In 2012, several long-simmering forces emerged - and in the case of big data, exploded - to challenge the data management (DM) status quo. Collectively, the changes we saw last year make for a perfect storm of challenges to data management’s orthodoxy.

Download the full article here. The TDWI BI Symposium London 2013, in association with IRM UK takes place in London, 18 - 20 March.

Agile Business Analysis in Flow by Ellen Gottesdiener

Agile is here, and itʹs coming soon to an organization near you - if itʹs not already there. As a business analyst, are you ready to make the transition to this value - centered development approach? How will your role change? What will you do differently? What will you actually do as part of an agile team? What agile analysis practices might you adapt if youʹre working on a traditional (waterfall - style) project? In short, how can you make yourself more valuable to your agile team and organization using your business analysis skills and abilities?

Download the full article here. Ellen will be presenting her Agile Requirements Seminar in London, 24 - 26 April.

Business Processes and Organisational Capability by Roger Burlton

There has been a lot of buzz lately about where business processes fit when it comes to the capability of organizations to perform as they would like. Some say that business processes are needed to support already defined capabilities at a detailed level and some say that capabilities of various types are needed to enable to business processes to execute. Others would even say that your business processes and your capabilities are the same. Do these varying points of view represent real differences in practice or are they just ways of looking at the same thing? My view is that business processes are at the heart of determining capabilities.

Download the full article here. Roger will be presenting his thought-provoking common-sense Seminar Building and Using a Business Process Architecture in London on 25-27 February 2013.

The MDM & Data Governance Summit Europe 2013, 15 - 17 April

Choose from over 35 case studies and take an inside look at the successes and challenges behind real-world Data Governance and MDM implementations. Case studies and contributors include Barclays Bank, TNT Express, Telefonica UK, BP, Statoil, Credit Suisse, Royal Philips Electronics, Tetra Pak, Allianz, The Environment Agency, Diversey, ING Bank, Logitech Europe, DNB, Microsoft, KPMG, SAP, Yorkshire Building Society, The British Army, Deloitte, Ahlstrom, IBM, Swedbank, KPN Corporate Market, Irish Office of the Revenue Commissioner, VF Corporation, Turkish Airlines, ASICS Europe, Coats, Sage UK, Sallie Mae, McKinsey & Company, Genworth Financial and many more ….

World class speakers include: Aaron Zornes, Gwen Thomas, Sunil Soares, Jill Dyché, Jim Orr, Malcolm Chisholm, Andy Hayler, Jan Henderyckx and Mike Ferguson. 

Download the brochure here.

What is the Subject Area Model by Steve Hoberman

Also known as a conceptual or business model, the subject area model is a visual containing a high-level perspective on something of importance to the business. It contains only the basic and critical concepts within a given realm for either a business or application function. Due to the possibility of a subject area model’s covering a very broad area, it is imperative to model at the right level of granularity.

Download the full article here. Steve will be presenting his Seminars on Data Modelling Fundamentals and Masterclass in London on 5 - 6 March and 7 - 8 March 2013.

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. 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.

TECs CRM Buyers Guide Highlights Game-changing Innovations

Mobile CRM, Social CRM, and cloud computing are dramatically changing the way business is conducted. TECs CRM Buyers Guide explores the major trends revolutionizing the world of CRM, and shows how a new breed of customer relationship management software is allowing organizations to get closer to their customers.
Along with information on CRM features and benefits readers require to make smart, informed buying decisions, this guide also examines the pros and cons of each key area of innovation and uses real life examples to illustrate how companies are using innovations in CRM to attract, retain, and better serve their customers.

Download the TEC CRM Buyers Guide free in PDF format here.

IRM UK Conferences

TDWI DW & BI Symposium London, 18 - 20 March 

MDM & DG Summit Europe, London, 15 - 17 April 

BPM & EA Conference Europe, London, 11 - 13 June 

Business Analysis Conference Europe, London, 23 - 25 September 

Data Management, Information Quality & DW&BI Conference Europe, London, 4 - 6 November

IRM UK Seminars

Enterprise Architecture Series
Business & Systems Analysis Series
Data Management Series
IT Strategy & Management Series

Visit for full information on our events.

All articles are © 2013 by the authors
IRM UK Strategic IT Training Ltd   
Park Farm House, 1st Floor, Ducks Hill Road, Northwood HA6 2NP, UK