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Building an Enterprise Data Management Strategy

24 Jan

Mike20The “IT Transformation” of an organisation from its legacy environment to the next generation of technology is one of the most complex and expensive changes an organisation can undergo.

  • How to improve and optimise business processes
  • How to manage information across the enterprise
  • How to safely migrate from the legacy to the contemporary environment
  • How to deliver on a transition strategy that provides incremental functionality while mitigating risk and staying within budget
  • How to define an improvement strategy for your people, processes, and organisation as well as the technology

Of all these factors, how information is managed is often the biggest limiter to success.

In the 21st century, Flexibility in Accessing and Using Information will be King. To solve the Transformation Challenge use a “Balanced View” Model of the Enterprise.

Taking an Information Development approach means that we re-balance the work we do to focus on information as much as we focus on function, processes and infrastructure.

In organisations undergoing significant technology change, the problem isn’t whether the new applications can provide the required functionality, its often the data.

Data Quality is and has been a primary problem in project failures – and the issue isn’t going away.

Business Blueprint, Technology Blueprint, and Roadmap are crucial phases in a successful IT transformation. The Strategic Vision Leads to Continuous Implementation.

The MIKE2.0 Methodology (MIKE stands for Method for an Integrated Knowledge Environment): An Open Source Methodology for Information Development designed by BearingPoint, Inc.

Extraordinary Leadership in Australia and New Zealand

15 Nov

Extraordinary-leadership-in-australia-new-zealandLeadership is for everyone. Leadership is taking responsibility and make a difference.

Leadership engage people and brings out the best in them.

5 Practices of Exemplary Leadership:

Model the Way:

Clarify and share values. What you stand for? What you stand against?

Clarify your personal values and formulate a leadership philosophy.

Credibility is the foundation of leadership.

Inspire a Shared Vision:

Imaging exciting and ennobling possibilities.

People crave being part of something exciting and inspiring. Articulate a common purpose.

Challenge the Process:

Look for innovative ways to improve, experiment and take risks.

Generate small wins and learn from experience.

Willing to take risk. Never waste a failure by not learning from it.

Praise for taking initiative.

Enable Others to Act:

Foster collaboration by building trust and facilitating relationships.

Strengthen others by increasing self-determination and developing competence. Empower others.

Value, respect, and understand talents. Create high-trust climate.

Leadership is about relationships. Communicating with clear expectations and guidance.

Take quality time to coach, mentor and uplift people.

Encourage the Heart:

Recognize contributions by showing appreciation for individual excellence.

Celebrate the values and victories by creating spirit of community. Celebrate along the journey.

Refuel and energize. Create a sense of community.

Working With Emotional Intelligence

29 Jun

Working With Emotional Intelligence takes the concepts from Daniel Goleman’s bestseller, Emotional Intelligence, into the workplace. Business leaders and outstanding performers are not defined by their IQs or even their job skills, but by their “emotional intelligence”: a set of competencies that distinguishes how people manage feelings, interact, and communicate.

Analyses done by dozens of experts in 500 corporations, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations worldwide conclude that emotional intelligence is the barometer of excellence on virtually any job. This book explains what emotional intelligence is and why it counts more than IQ or expertise for excelling on the job. It details 12 personal competencies based on self-mastery (such as accurate self-assessment, self-control, initiative, and optimism) and 13 key relationship skills (such as service orientation, developing others, conflict management, and building bonds). Goleman includes many examples and anecdotes–from Fortune 500 companies to a nonprofit preschool–that show how these competencies lead to or thwart success.

So Good They Can’t Ignore You

21 Sep

In this eye-opening account, Cal Newport debunks the long-held belief that “follow your passion” is good advice.  Not only is the cliché flawed-preexisting passions are rare and have little to do with how most people end up loving their work-but it can also be dangerous, leading to anxiety and chronic job hopping.

After making his case against passion, Newport sets out on a quest to discover the reality of how people end up loving what they do. Spending time with organic farmers, venture capitalists, screenwriters, freelance computer programmers, and others who admitted to deriving great satisfaction from their work, Newport uncovers the strategies they used and the pitfalls they avoided in developing their compelling careers.

Matching your job to a preexisting passion does not matter, he reveals. Passion comes after you put in the hard work to become excellent at something valuable, not before.
In other words, what you do for a living is much less important than how you do it.

With a title taken from the comedian Steve Martin, who once said his advice for aspiring entertainers was to “be so good they can’t ignore you,” Cal Newport’s clearly written manifesto is mandatory reading for anyone fretting about what to do with their life, or frustrated by their current job situation and eager to find a fresh new way to take control of their livelihood. He provides an evidence-based blueprint for creating work you love.

SO GOOD THEY CAN’T IGNORE YOU will change the way we think about our careers, happiness, and the crafting of a remarkable life.

The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking

4 Nov

The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking presents practical, lively, and inspiring ways for you to become more successful through better thinking. The idea is simple: You can learn how to think far better by adopting specific strategies. Brilliant people aren’t a special breed–they just use their minds differently. By using the straightforward and thought-provoking techniques in The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking, you will regularly find imaginative solutions to difficult challenges, and you will discover new ways of looking at your world and yourself–revealing previously hidden opportunities.

Surprisingly inspiring.

Understand deeply. Understand simple things first. See what’s there and what’s missing. Master the basics. See the invisible.

Fail to success. Fail better. Let your errors be your guide. Have a bad day. Lean from those missteps.

Create questions out of the thin air. What’s the real question? Improve the question. Ask meta-questions. Teach to learn.

Seeing the flow of ideas. Creating new ideas from old ones. Think back. Extend ideas.

Transform yourself. Change.

 

 

The Icarus Deception

17 May

Everyone knows that Icarus’s father made him wings and told him not to fly too close to the sun; he ignored the warning and plunged to his doom. The lesson: Play it safe. Listen to the experts. It was the perfect propaganda for the industrial economy. What boss wouldn’t want employees to believe that obedience and conformity are the keys to success?
But we tend to forget that Icarus was also warned not to fly too low, because seawater would ruin the lift in his wings. Flying too low is even more dangerous than flying too high, because it feels deceptively safe.
The safety zone has moved. Conformity no longer leads to comfort. But the good news is that creativity is scarce and more valuable than ever. So is choosing to do something unpredictable and brave: Make art. Being an artist isn’t a genetic disposition or a specific talent. It’s an attitude we can all adopt. It’s a hunger to seize new ground, make connections, and work without a map. If you do those things you’re an artist, no matter what it says on your business card.
Godin shows us how it’s possible and convinces us why it’s essential.

Data Analysis Using SQL and Excel

1 Jul

Useful business analysis requires you to effectively transform data into actionable information. This book helps you use SQL and Excel to extract business information from relational databases and use that data to define business dimensions, store transactions about customers, produce results, and more. Each chapter explains when and why to perform a particular type of business analysis in order to obtain useful results, how to design and perform the analysis using SQL and Excel, and what the results should look like.

MCTS Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-433): Microsoft® SQL Server® 2008 Database Development

10 Jun

MS SQL Server® 2008 Database DevelopmentAce your preparation for the skills measured by MCTS Exam 70-433—and on the job. Work at your own pace through a series of lessons and reviews that fully cover each exam objective. Then, reinforce and apply what you’ve learned through real-world case scenarios and practice exercises. This official Microsoft study guide is designed to help you make the most of your study time.

Maximize your performance on the exam by learning to:

  • Create and manage database objects
  • Query and modify data; implement subqueries and CTEs
    • Optimize table structures and data integrity
  • Create stored procedures, functions, and triggers
  • Manage transactions, error handling, and change tracking
  • Tune query performance
  • Implement database mail, full-text search, Service Broker, scripts
  • Work with XML and SQLCLR Assess your skills with the practice tests on CD. You can work through hundreds of questions using multiple testing modes to meet your specific learning needs. You get detailed explanations for right and wrong answers—including a customized learning path that describes how and where to focus your studies.

 

The Microsoft Data Warehouse Toolkit: With SQL Server 2008 R2 and the Microsoft Business Intelligence Toolset

14 May

The Microsoft Data Warehouse Toolkit: With SQL Server 2008 R2 and the Microsoft Business Intelligence ToolsetIn this book, leading data warehouse experts from the Kimball Group share best practices for using the upcoming “Business Intelligence release” of SQL Server, referred to as SQL Server 2008 R2. In this new edition, the authors explain how SQL Server 2008 R2 provides a collection of powerful new tools that extend the power of its BI toolset to Excel and SharePoint users and they show how to use SQL Server to build a successful data warehouse that supports the business intelligence requirements that are common to most organizations. Covering the complete suite of data warehousing and BI tools that are part of SQL Server 2008 R2, as well as Microsoft Office, the authors walk you through a full project lifecycle, including design, development, deployment and maintenance.

UML Distilled

24 Feb

Now widely adopted as the de facto industry standard and sanctioned by the Object Management Group, the Unified Modeling Language (UML) is a notation all software developers need to know and understand. However, the UML is a big language, and not all of it is equally important. The award-winning first edition of UML Distilled was widely praised for being a concise guide to the core parts of the UML and has proved extremely successful in helping developers get up and running quickly. UML Distilled, Second Edition, maintains the concise format with significantly updated coverage of use cases and activity diagrams, and expanded coverage of collaborations. It also includes a new appendix detailing the changes between UML versions.

Written for those with a basic understanding of object-oriented analysis and design, this book begins with a summary of UML’s history, development, and rationale and then moves into a discussion of how the UML can be integrated into the object-oriented development process. The primary author profiles the various modeling techniques in the UML–such as use cases, class diagrams, and interaction diagrams–and describes the notation and semantics clearly and succinctly. He also outlines useful non-UML techniques such as CRC cards and patterns. These descriptions are made even more relevant with a collection of best practices based on the primary author’s experience and a brief Java programming example demonstrating the implementation of a UML-based design. With this tour of the key parts of the UML, readers will be left with a firm foundation upon which to build models and develop further knowledge of the Unified Modeling Language.

Topics covered: UML basics, analysis and design, outline development (software development process), inception, elaboration, managing risks, construction, transition, use case diagrams, class diagrams, interaction diagrams, collaborations, state diagrams, activity diagrams, physical diagrams, patterns, and refactoring basics