Business Rules Rule

Posted by Steve Cormier

11/18/13 9:30 AM

A number of years ago, I was in charge of designing and implementing a data warehouse. At the same time, the company involved was replacing a number of operating systems with a single new one. Two deadlines had already been missed for go-live on the new system, and a lot of meetings were being held as to why. I happened to end up in one of these, which was about system security. The discussion was about user access to information in the system through the new website portal. The company had several subsidiaries, and at one point I asked the question, “Can an employee work for more than one company subsidiary?”

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Topics: Information Management

Microsoft Excel – The Beauty, the Danger, and Moving Beyond to Analytics

Posted by Steve Cormier

11/13/13 11:00 AM

People talk about a lot of cool data science and tools these days; big data, analytics, sentiment in social networking; but the fact is, a very substantial amount of the computing in the US takes place in a small intimate place called Microsoft Excel.

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Topics: Analytics

The Unglamorous, Dull, but Necessary Side of Business Intelligence

Posted by Christian Franklin

11/5/13 9:30 AM

When it comes to business intelligence the world of visualizations and dashboards are all the rage. Insight to data via the multitudes of visualization tools and solutions are numerous and exciting. This part of the solution is a vital piece for all business intelligence components and success. But behind the scenes is the real“secret sauce” in any successful business intelligence solution… core business requirements gathering and data quality assurance. While they aren’t nearly as glamorous or exciting to talk about these are the steps that turn data into an actionable decision support asset. 

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Topics: Business Intelligence

Digital Business and SOA - how do they relate?

Posted by Christian Franklin

10/29/13 6:18 AM

I recently wrote about the merits of having a digital business strategy. Subsequent conversations with a client about service oriented architectures, enterprise service bus and messaging highlighted the overlap between Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) and the 'API Economy.'  I realized that the overlap and subtle differences can make this subject confusing so I thought putting fingers to keyboard would be a good exercise.

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Topics: Optimization, Information Integration

Mid-Market Storage Wars

Posted by Mark Rabin

10/28/13 2:09 PM

IBM V5000 vs. EMC VNX2… the TamGroup Perspective

September and October 2013 have seen major announcements from EMC and IBM respectively in the mid-market storage space. Where IBM has announced major extensions to their industry-leading technology of Storwize family products, EMC announced a warmed-over refresh of their VNX series, the VNX2.

The new IBM V5000 provides a mid-market Storwize platform for customers looking for a more cost-effective SAN than the V7000. The V5000 utilizes the same virtualized storage platform that is the hallmark of the IBM Storwize family but only supports a maximum of 168 drives per controller/336 per cluster.  With standard support for 1GB/10 Gb iSCSI, 6Gb SAS, 8GB FC and 10Gb FCoE, it provides flexible connectivity for most environments in a small 2U rack footprint.  The V5000 can virtualize and seamlessly migrate storage from other SAN platforms making transitions from competitive products easy and cost effective.  The inclusion of SANSlide compression over TCP/IP in the optional remote replication feature means DR implementations will use less bandwidth than ever before.

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Topics: News & Opinion

Digital Strategy... do you need one?

Posted by Christian Franklin

10/15/13 10:16 PM

Twenty some odd years after the first web page was published, it's pretty evident how pervasive digital interactions have become.  Walking down any urban street at lunch requires dodging pedestrians preoccupied with their smartphone.  

If we accept this as the new normal, how do organizations respond and create lasting value with something more than mere digital substitution?  Developing your digital edge, and capitalizing on it, means exploiting pervasive digital connections between systems, people, places and things but how do you avoid letting your digital business strategy become a digital tragedy?

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Topics: Digital Business Evolution

A better way to tackle application mobilization

Posted by Christian Franklin

9/25/13 2:58 PM

If you are one of the countless enterprises trying to figure out how to tackle mobility, you realize it's not an easy endeavor.  The trendline points towards employees wanting to use their own devices (BYOD) or Corporate Owned Personally Enabled (COPE) which makes things more than a little interesting.  Hairball issues like having to make sure you're not violating any compliance requirements or unintentionally putting intellectual property at risk have real consequences - like an unintended career change.  

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Smarter Computing - IBM Power Servers Refreshed

Posted by Mark Rabin

2/6/13 8:08 AM

Picture1 resized 600 Key points from the February 5 IBM Power Systems Announcement

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Topics: Cloud & DevOps, IBM

Interoperability of Healthcare Solutions

Posted by Christian Franklin

10/4/12 9:18 AM

Interoperability of healthcare solutions, or healthcare information exchange, regardless of whether it is ambulatory or enterprise focused, is one of the biggest challenges in the effort to drive patient-centric delivery of data at the point-of-care.  The essential element required for achieving this paradigm shift is to switch from reactive to proactive data. From what we read in today’s interface and exchange culture this seems like a simple concept; Health Information Exchanges, ACO's, Patient Centered Medical Home, Meaningful Use are all at the center as a catalyst for patient-centered care models.

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Topics: Information Integration, Healthcare

Healthcare IT | HIE requires true EHR information integration

Posted by Christian Franklin

8/6/12 4:50 PM

The notion of Health Information Exchange as a discipline is something that we all know needs to happen - yet despite the multiple millions of dollars that have been spent on HIE efforts and organizations, the results are sporadic at best. Why is the goal of removing friction out of the healthcare process so elusive when most agree on the benefits?  

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Topics: Information Management

Healthcare IT | improve your cost to value equation... (a series)

Posted by Christian Franklin

7/18/12 7:07 AM

Healthcare information technology (Health IT) represents one of the more complex and challenging information technology deployment models, and thus spends proportionately more on technology that other industries. 

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Topics: Information Integration, Digital Business Evolution

Considering Converged Systems? Should IBM PureSystems be in the mix?

Posted by Christian Franklin

6/18/12 7:48 PM

PureSystems from IBM are the latest converged data center hardware, systems which pack compute, storage and networking into one enclosure, to hit the market. Although a bit late to market these systems have some interesting differentiators and are a good fit for organizations that have an investment in IBM technologies.

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Topics: Core Infrastructure

HL7 Integration (CCD) Engines - The Next Interoperability Bridge!

Posted by Christian Franklin

6/12/12 10:15 AM

HL7 integration engines will be the next interoperability bridge in Healthcare. It will bring together the coordination of provider EMR’s, practice management systems, and health information exchanges (HIE)’s. There are numerous “brute force” mapping options for the health level seven (HL7) standards in Healthcare.

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Topics: Information Integration, Healthcare

IBM PureSystems in Healthcare

Posted by Christian Franklin

5/24/12 8:04 AM

IBM's recently announced PureSystems, a converged infrastructure for data centers holds some promise for healthcare providers if the capabilities live up to their billing.  Let's face it, most healthcare providers have a number of systems from various providers that typically represent silos of infrastructure and information.  The trouble facing Healthcare IT organizations is that the complexity this creates is a costly environment to manage.

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Topics: Healthcare

Integration: What’s in a Name?

Posted by Steve Cormier

4/28/12 6:14 PM

You're building a data warehouse, and you want to indicate what U.S. Census regions your customers are in for analytics purposes.

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Topics: Analytics, Data Warehouse, Information Management, Information Integration

IT Transformation Success Means Resisting Existing Systems

Posted by Steve Cormier

4/24/12 7:25 PM

You're an architect and you've just entered a new environment: a company in the throes of business and IT transformation initiatives.  Your task is to design a new system to replace what's already there, achieving enterprise transformation that yields competitive advantage. 

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Topics: Optimization, Information Management, Information Integration

IBM PureSystem – The first expert integrated system infrastructure

Posted by Mark Rabin

4/11/12 4:26 AM

Simplified deployment and management of servers, networks, storage and virtualization has been trumpeted by many vendors for their products.  In some cases they delivered that capability for their respective products, but not the entire infrastructure.   In an industry first, IBM is delivering integrated management for the complete infrastructure stack in the next generation platform called IBM PureSystem.  This Expert Integrated System has captured the experience of thousands of server, network, storage and virtualization deployments and merges it into a single management interface, the IBM Flex System Manager.

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Topics: Optimization, Agile

ITSM and DevOps: Part technology, part culture

Posted by Christian Franklin

3/31/12 8:41 AM

As the disciplines of IT Service Management continue to evolve, the buzz around DevOps has tapered off.  But that doesn't mean the conversation is no longer relevant - particularly with continued maturation of virtualization platforms, prepackaged, 'off the shelf' dynamic infrastructures and advances application delivery controller (ADC) capabilities. Our opinion is that IBM's pending Expert Integrated Systems announcement has some intriguing capabilities on this front but we'll know more on April 11 (IBM NGP Troy is also a common reference).

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Topics: Optimization, Agile

Vendor Neutral Archive and the Electronic Health Record

Posted by Christian Franklin

3/29/12 3:15 AM

As follow-up to a recent blog post around Vendor Neutral Archive (VNA) and Analytics, I think it's worth pointing out that the intent of VNA is to provide an archive that is standards based and can operate independent of any given Picture Archiving and Communications System (PACS) provider. The objective is to store all of the data in non-proprietary interchange formats along with context management to facilitate a seamless transfer between different PACS.

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Topics: Information Management, Healthcare

Open Data as part of your Healthcare Analytics Strategy

Posted by Christian Franklin

3/27/12 7:53 PM

If you have had any interaction with the consultants at TamGroup, you probably noticed that we have a passion for data, and more specifically: how to harness data and package it as a service to make it more readily consumable as information, which can be incorporated into process and work streams.

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Topics: Analytics, Healthcare

Healthcare VNA and Analytics

Posted by Christian Franklin

3/25/12 11:59 AM

Healthcare VNA, or vendor neutral archive is getting a lot of attention lately - for many of the right reasons however too much of the dialog is concentrated around liberating the data from proprietary PACS. Instead, the discussion should be expanded to incorporate data and leverage analytics in a way that improves efficiency and care while reducing the cost of care and empowering the patient.

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Topics: Analytics, Healthcare

Expert Integrated Systems and Transformational IT

Posted by Christian Franklin

3/24/12 6:35 PM

The transformational effect of cloud capabilities on IT organizations gets most of the press, but the real story is the transformational impact of digital business and digital delivery. In fact, digital delivery is fundamentally changing the shape and definition of markets -- digital business is different and its driving the necessity for cloud computing both inside and outside the four walls of today's organization.

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Topics: Optimization, Agile

Life Sciences, Analytics and Smarter Infrastructure

Posted by Christian Franklin

3/22/12 10:17 PM

Years ago we were very involved with cutting edge life sciences firms doing genomics and proteomics research - cutting edge stuff that was going to help pharmaceutical firms and healthcare in general. Craig Venter and Celera had mapped the human genome and the race was on... (among other things, search for smarter infrastructure that improved results a leg of that race).

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Topics: Optimization, Analytics

Big Data as part of an enterprise data strategy

Posted by Christian Franklin

3/19/12 4:16 PM

Working with big data is becoming an integral part of the enterprise data strategy at many organizations - and they are looking to deploy a platform that allows them to manage the data from the moment it enters their enterprise. A number of vendors are crafting enterprise ready platforms in an effort to improve time to value (and generate license revenue).

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Topics: Analytics, Data Warehouse, Big Data

Energy, Economics and Exponential Growth

Posted by Christian Franklin

3/17/12 2:18 PM

Energy, the management and consumption of it, is a topic that we pay a fair amount of attention to at TamGroup. Economics and global economic growth also gets its fair due given the recent turmoil and our pending election cycle.

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Topics: Energy & Utilities