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July 06, 2009


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Jack Santos

Years ago, when I was just knee high to a grasshopper, I ran an IT (then IS) DBA function that relied on a business area DA function - the two were quite distinct, worked closely together, and had a common view about how closely tied data was to the business. There was a lot of functional overlap, too.

We spent mega time and dollars on Datamanager, clearly defined definitions (english), and automated tie ins to the systems (then IDMS and ADS/O). In fact, my boss the CIO would brag about how in just a few years business people would be able to describe a system (in english), press a button, and have it come out the other end. And they would use TI's IEF to do it. A noble vision. In 1985. When economic times got tough, the first function to get dumped by the business was the DA department. TI dumped IEF. IDMS got bought by CA. And the rest, as they say, is history...as much as a large part of me believes in the vision, the old realist looks back and wonders....

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Jim Lane

well it should be. same with back up management, right?

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Data is clearly a business asset and most likely one of their most important assets. --> need i say more


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Thank you Noreen for the post. I thought that you hit the nail on the head when it comes to IT functions and it support being a function of data management.

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