My colleague Ann All has written recently that many IT jobs of the future will involve delving into data. And contributor Loraine Lawson says companies seem to be waking up to the fact that the benefits of business intelligence (BI) won't happen without the hard work of creating cleaner, more integrated data.
In a piece at TDWI, consultant Dave Wells warns that while BI has become a broad and complex field, there's danger for professionals who become too specialized. (Ann has written about that related to IT pros overall.)
He lists 14 disciplines involved in the field of information management and looks at the relationships between them:
7 Steps to Smarter Integration
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They're connected in significant ways, he says:
Understanding the data (modeling and metadata) is the foundation, he says, with insight and foresight (BI, predictive analytics, etc.) at the top of the stack. He says that for BI pros to truly be effective, they need to become adept in several of the related disciplines.