IRM UK Newsletter January 2012


In this issue we have the following articles:

Jason Bloomberg, Cloud Computing: Legal Quagmire
Nicola Askham, Leveraging the Regulatory Stick
Roger Burlton, Best Practices of BPM
Alec Sharp, Capabilities, Agile and "Process Blindness"
Suzanne Robertson, User Stories as Requirements



The MDM & Data Governance Summit Europe 2012, 23 - 25 April.

The agenda has been published for Europe's largest gathering of MDM & Data Governance professionals.

Understand the successes and challenges behind real-world MDM and Data Governance implementations, including Rolls-Royce, International Finance Corporation - World Bank, GlaxoSmithKline, Royal Dutch Shell, ING Bank, British American Tobacco, Transport for London, TNT Express, Standard Life Assurance, Royal Mail, Bank of America, Volvo IT, Forrester, BBC Worldwide, Statoil, DNB ASA, UCB Pharma SA, United Healthcare Insurance, Arqiva, Premier Farnell, GDF Suez, CPP Group, Capgemini, West Midlands Police, KPN Corporate Market, Accenture, MTN South Africa, Flemish Government, Swedbank, LDS Church, IBM, Travis Perkins, PostNord, O’Neill and Printemps.

Confirmed speakers include: Aaron Zornes of the MDM Institute, Clay Richardson of Forrester, Sunil Soares of IBM, Gwen Thomas of the Data Governance Institute, Jan Henderyckx of Envizion, Jill Dyché of DataFlux, Rick van der Lans of R20/Consultancy and Peter Aiken of Data Blueprint. View for full information.

Cloud Computing: Legal Quagmire, Jason Bloomberg.

If you don’t realize by now that Cloud Computing has its risks, then, well, you must have your head in the clouds. But then again, without risk there is no reward. When you place a bet on the Cloud, you know you’re betting on an emerging set of capabilities. And in any case, there are risks everywhere in business. Why should the Cloud be any different?

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Jason will be delivering the seminar Cloud Computing for Architects in London, 15 - 16 March.

Leveraging the Regulatory Stick, Nicola Askham.

Anyone who has tried to get a Data Governance or Data Quality initiative started, will know from experience that they are notoriously difficult to get buy in for and gain enough momentum to get started. Most people understand and accept that there are potentially huge benefits to be had, but finding a business driver that is important enough to be high on an organisations agenda, particularly during challenging economic conditions, is difficult to say the least.....

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Nicola will be participating in the Panel Discussion: Data Governance in a Regulatory Environment at the MDM & Data Governance Summit on 24 April.

This is a “Classic” article that was originally written a decade ago but on inspection these principles hold true today. Over the last 10 years we have learned how to deal with them better so come to Roger's Building and Using a Business Process Architecture seminar, 20-22 February or 8-10 October 2012 London, to see how.

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In this BPTrends column Alec gives his unique perspective on Capabilities.

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Alec will be delivering the Seminar Working with Business Processes - Discovery, Assessment, Mapping, Analysis and Design in London, 23 - 24 April and 4 - 5 October 2012.

User stories, usually originated by the product owner, act as the requirements for the product. These stories describe proposed functionality or features and are used to communicate with the developers about what needs to be built. The problem is not the concept of user stories, but the way in which they are used that brings with it unnecessary problems.

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Suzanne will be delivering the Seminar Mastering the Requirements Process in London, 20 - 22 February and 16 - 18 October 2012.

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IRM UK events taking place in London 2012

Master Data Management Summit Europe 2012, 23 - 25 April, London

Data Governance Conference Europe 2012, 23 - 25 April, London

Enterprise Architecture Conference Europe 2012, 18 - 20 June, London

Business Process Management Conference Europe 2012, 18 -20 June, London

Business Analysis Conference Europe 2012, 24 - 26 September, London

Data Management, Information Quality and DW&BI Conferences Europe 2012, 5 - 7 November


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Seminars 2011 London

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Data Management Series 
IT Strategy & Management Series    

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