IRM UK's Newsletter July 2011


In this issue we have the following articles:

Dave McComb: The Enterprise Ontology
Larissa Moss: Agile DW
Bridges & McVey: Business Analysis
Steve Hoberman: The Data Model Scorecard
Adrian Reed: Why go to the Business Analysis Conference



Data Management, Information Quality and DWBI Conferences Europe 2011, 7 -9 November.

This is Europe’s most authoritative and independent conference on Data Management, Information Quality and Data Warehouse & Business Intelligence. Now in its 13th year, these three co-located conferences offer unrivalled opportunity to learn from the industry’s leading figures and network with and learn from your peers.

• 3 co-located conferences on Data Management, Information Quality & DW/BI
• Choose from 5 conference tracks and 13 pre-conference tutorials – a total of 58 presentations to choose from!
• Case studies and contributors include the Royal Mail, Barclays, BBC, Accenture, Shell, Bank for International Settlements, Aviva, Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals, National Australia Bank, NHS, Statoil, Ford Credit Europe, Capgemini, Alfa-Bank, Greene King, Sogeti, Remploy, Dublin City University,, The Phone House, Cambridge University Press.

The full agenda is viewable online at

The Enterprise Ontology, Dave McComb

In this paper, we will explain just what an enterprise ontology is, and more importantly, what you can expect to use it for and what you should be looking for, to distinguish a good ontology from a merely adequate one.

Download the full article here.

We are considering running a seminar in Spring 2012 on Business Ontologies - please reply with BO seminar if you would like to receive more information on this. 

Extreme Scoping™: An Agile Approach to Enterprise Data Warehousing, Larissa T. Moss

I have been promoting agile enterprise data warehousing for a number of years, and until very recently, I have run into a fair amount of skepticism and resistance. However, that seems to be changing as developers (especially BI application developers) learn about popular agile software development methodologies. But can these methodologies really be applied successfully on enterprise data warehouse projects?

Download the full article here.

We are considering running a seminar in Spring 2012 on Agile Data Warehousing - please reply with ADW seminar if you would like to receive more information on this.

If You Think You Can Do Without a Business Analyst… Think Again! Maureen McVey and George Bridges

In this article, we will introduce you to how the Business Analysis (BA) discipline can contribute to strategic, project, and organizational success. In other words, how does Business Analysis add value to the organization? In addressing and answering this question, we will cover the following topics: growth in interest in the business analyst, The International Institute for Business Analysis (IIBA®), the role of the Business Analyst, required skills of a Business Analyst, and how the Business Analyst works with the Project Manager (PM) and the business community.

Download the full article here.

George Bridges of IIL will be presenting "Planning for Successful Organisational Change" at the Business Analysis Conference on 27 September, full information can be found here


The Data Model Scorecard, Steve Hoberman

An application's flexibility and data quality depend quite a bit on the underlying data model. In other words, a good data model can lead to a good application and a bad data model can lead to a bad application. Therefore we need an objective way of measuring what is good or bad about the model. After reviewing hundreds of data models, I formalized the criteria I have been using into what I call the Data Model Scorecard.

Dowload the full article here.

Steve will be presenting "Data Modelling Fundamentals" and "Data Modelling Masterclass" in London on 20 - 21 September and 22 - 23 September respectively.

Related book - Data Modelling Made Simple by Steve Hoberman. Click here to view the description, pricing and delivery information for this book.

Adrian Reed, Lead Business Analyst and Director at the IIBA UK Chapter, explains why every BA should consider attending the Business Analysis Conference Europe this year.

Download the article here.

For full information please visit the Conference website 

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IRM UK events taking place in London 2011  

Business Analysis Conference Europe 2011, 26 - 28 September, London

Data Management, Information Quality and DW&BI Conferences Europe 2011, 7 - 9 November


Seminars 2011 London

Enterprise Architecture Series 
Business & Systems Analysis Series 
Data Management Series (including a new Seminar by Jan Henderyckx on Defining and Executing an Information Strategy)
IT Strategy & Management Series    

We can also run these seminars for you on-site at your premises. Please contact if this is of interest to you.  

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