Self-service Analytics and Data Preparation

Posted by Christian Franklin

9/12/16 11:00 AM

Analytics and traditional business intelligence are experiencing a massive technological shift. One that is generating a constructive dialog around how to combine the tried and true with the new realities of exponential data growth resulting from rampant digitization.

 

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Topics: Analytics, Information Management, Big Data

APIs Are Like a Box of Chocolates: Part 2

Posted by Steve Cormier

2/26/14 8:30 AM

In my last post I talked about APIs, whether they are really a new technology, and how to avoid being swept up in the hype surrounding them. In this post, I'll go over the important principles of software engineering and deployment that you should review if you plan on buying and implementing an API. 

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Topics: Optimization, Information Management, Information Integration, Digital Business Evolution

APIs are Like a Box of Chocolates: Part 1

Posted by Steve Cormier

2/20/14 8:00 AM

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Topics: Optimization, Information Management, Information Integration, Digital Business Evolution

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

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

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

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

Interoperability of Data in Health Information Technology

Posted by Christian Franklin

12/9/11 12:27 PM

The continually changing state of healthcare needs and interoperability of data in Health Information Technology (HIT) systems is growing exponentially. The need to have and consume discreet data exchanges between electronic medical records (EMR) and electronic health records (EHR), Health Information Exchange (HIE) and Personal Health Records (PHR) portals is in the forefront. The ability to exchange a fully coded Continuity of Care Document (CCD), availability to trigger automatic delivery once an event in care occurs, and to deliver the SAML interface is essential for adoption and use in the industry by all Health Information Technology groups. Ambiguity of the coded CCD mapping and missing naming definitions is hindering interoperability. Vendors need to quickly recognize that they no longer have control over consumers or their behaviors. Data access continues to rapidly empower the consumer but creates major challenges for healthcare providers and vendors. This shift also embodies the need to provide needed deliverables to users with even greater security and speed.  Data virtualization in healthcare and agile code morphing by vendors will be key to driving quick adoption by consumers (patients, providers and payors). 

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Topics: Optimization, Analytics, Information Management

Netezza 2011 User Conference - Enzee Universe

Posted by Christian Franklin

6/28/11 12:28 PM

Netezza, a recent acquisition into the IBM Company, held it's annual user conference this past week in Boston.  It was good to meet up with clients and spend time with some of our partners such as Composite Software, MicroStrategy and BrightLight Consulting.

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Topics: Data Warehouse, Information Management, Core Infrastructure