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Noreen Kendle, Principal Consulting Analyst

Noreen Kendle is a Principal Consulting Analyst with TechVision Research. She is a recognized leader in the field of Information-Data Strategies, which includes Information Asset Management, Data Governance/Information Ownership, Information Policies & Standards, Business Data Architecture, Meta-Information, Enterprise Data Design, Information Quality, Data Valuation, Enterprise Foundational Data, Data Globalization, and Business Intelligence Strategies.

She has held enterprise information leadership and practitioner positions within large global organizations for over 30 years including Delta Air Lines, AT&T, Masco, Travelport, and The Home Depot, as well as data industry consultant/advisor for Gartner and Burton Group.

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Noreen has been instrumental in the development of Enterprise Information and Business Data Architecture Frameworks, as well as their implementation in support of the management of information-data as a corporate asset. As an innovative thought leader of Enterprise Information-Data Strategies she holds a patent and is a respected speaker/author.

She also provides acclaimed workshops on all aspects of information architecture and data strategies including planning, roadmaps and governance.

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Expertise:

  • Data governance and architectures
  • Enterprise Architecture (EA)

Workshops

  • Business Data Architecture (BDA)

 

Recently Published Research

Fixing the Fundamentals - The Business Blueprint
Noreen-Kendle-Photo Noreen KendleHistorically, data was believed to be a technology component, but that fundamental understanding of data is flawed. Data is a representation of the real world, its things, events, and their relationships.  Thus data truly is an important business asset and not a technology component.  This misunderstanding of data is at the core of our broken fundamentals of data that has led to many of our data challenges.   In this report, we shift the focus from data symptoms to the real problem: the broken fundamentals of data. Specifically, this report addresses the first of five steps to take, leveraging a Business Blueprint to effectively establish a sustainable business to data connection.

 

Data - The Fundamentals are Broken
Noreen-Kendle-Photo Noreen KendleThe world has transitioned from an industrial to an information age, where we have become extremely dependent on information along with the data on which it stands. With the rapid growth of technology, the world continues to move farther away from “hands-on” observation, operations, and management of the real world to utilizing the data representation of the real world. Our dependency on data has grown exponentially, while our ability to identify, understand, manage, and utilize data becomes more challenging over time. Despite all the thousands of tools and technologies marketed as “fixes” for the data issues, our data challenges continue to grow. Our growing data issues are only the symptom of the underlying problem – The fundamentals of data are broken.

In this report we have identified the broken fundamentals of data and five basic steps organizations can take to address these broken fundamentals. These include: establishing the business to data connection; using a business blueprint; creating a data oversight framework; establishing an enterprise data construction practice; building the data asset management infrastructure; and, standing-up a data asset management practice focused on enterprise foundational data. In the end, if organizations do not fix the fundamentals, they will never be able to effectively clean, identify, integrate, manage, and utilize their data assets for even basic operations, let alone take advantage of the full power of those assets for true business intelligence, risk avoidance, predictive analytics, artificial intelligence, and data monetization. Information is truly powerful, but only if the data is right.

 

TechVision CrossTalk Report: Identity and Data Governance

Noreen-Kendle-Photo Noreen KendleWhat are the connections between identity and data in the enterprise?  When one protects identity, they are really protecting data: data that is a representation of the identity.  Unfortunately, as discussed in this new CrossTalk report by TechVision Research most organizations don’t have data management and even when they do have data management, the identity data is usually left out of the discussion. At TechVision Research we continually see data mismanagement undermining all aspects of the business function.  As Noreen Kendle has experienced “data mess-up is equal opportunity across all types of data, including identity data.”  Noreen goes on to say “I’ve seen companies overwrite big text fields with identity-related information primarily because they don’t want to stop and enhance the database schema and structures:  this includes credit card numbers, social security numbers, etc.”   Obviously, this is a huge privacy issue because the fields are not identified as identity fields and the IT staff is oblivious to the situation. Bill Bonney speaks from experience building an IdM practice as he “agrees that overloading is an issue.”  But, as Bill likes to point out, “It’s not just overloading, it’s making assumptions about what is in a field and assumptions about how the field is evaluated and before you know it you have sub-processes built up around a falsely validated field.”  This establishes a false foundation that eventually causes the entire trust chain to break.   As Bill states, “inevitably, someone will use the data based on how it was first created (the field label of record).” This is a symptom of a far greater problem.  There is a huge assumption made by IT staff and the identity management tools they use that the data fields are accurately representing the data stored in the field.  This just isn’t so! Given this reality of identity and data mismanagement in the enterprise, this report focuses on the following key concerns:

  • The evolution of identity data as its own domain
  • The impact of silos on identity data management
  • The potential of virtual directories as an identity data management approach
  • The impact of data reuse on identity and the resulting authenticity decay
  • Identity data governance: is built on a foundation of quicksand

There are things organizations can be doing today to address these concerns.  Specifically, this report discusses a five-step program for identity data governance based upon the team’s experience working with data and identity in F1000 enterprise.

Upcoming Research

Fixing the Fundamentals –Data Strategy

Noreen-Kendle-Photo Noreen KendleTo get anywhere one has to know where they are going. Similarly, a data strategy defines the desired state for an organization’s data assets – the organization’s data vision. Yet, even with a formal data strategy in hand, many organizations make little progress achieving this vision. Most data strategies lack a method to achieve the data vision. This leads to a continuous cycle of data chaos. A realistic data strategy begins with a Data Oversight Framework defining the path, the plan and the data infrastructure necessary to actually achieve the data strategy. This report outlines the process necessary to achieve a realistic (real world) data strategy, starting with a Data Oversight Framework . This report covers:

 

  • How to define an enterprise data vision and know what one looks like
  • How to develop a Data Oversight Framework and the infrastructure to support it
  • How to combine the Data Oversight Framework and data vision to establish a successful, sustainable and defensible data strategy
  • Experience defining and implementing data strategies at Fortune 500 companies

Fixing the Fundamentals - Data Asset Management
Noreen-Kendle-Photo Noreen KendleAs discussed in Fixing the Fundamentals – The Business Blueprint, it is critical that organizations get the data right. However, getting the data right is only half the formula to fixing the fundamentals, the other half is keeping the data right. As discussed in this groundbreaking report, data is “organic” in that it continues to decompose and deteriorate as it ages. As with any other business asset, the organization must manage its data assets and this requires building a Data Asset Management structure. This reports defines and discusses a Data Asset Management Framework as a necessary step to keeping the data right. A Data Asset Management Framework includes the methods, processes, and procedure, and tools required to manage data as an asset and it utilizes the data infrastructure developed from the organization’s Business Blueprint and its data design practice. This report covers:

 

  • Establishing the difference between getting the data right and keeping it right
  • The steps to creating a Data Asset Management Framework including the tools required to manage data as a strategic business asset
  • Examples of successful Data Asset Management Frameworks
  • Lessons-learned and best practices establishing Data Asset Management Frameworks at Fortune 500 companies

Fixing the Fundamentals –Data Design Practice

Noreen-Kendle-Photo Noreen KendleEnterprises face a terrible data design situation: their current data systems are in a state that is often too difficult and too expensive to correct or in many cases that is impossible to change. At TechVision Research our experience shows that rather than continually chasing the data challenges of existing systems it’s often better for the enterprise to proactively focus on the architecture and design of future data systems with the goal of getting the data right in the first place. This approach requires a change in typical data architecture and design approaches used today. When it comes to data design, unless we change how we are doing things, we will continue to get the same results. The report defines and discusses a proactive data design practice that covers the identification, architecture, design, and deployment of data structures/systems throughout the organization including the organization’s meta-information. This proven practice uses the Business Blueprint as the foundation for all of the organization’s data and data structures to form a holistic data infrastructure tying all of the organizations data systems together. As discussed in this report, using the Business Blueprint as the foundation and applying the data design practice throughout the enterprise establishes an appropriate data infrastructure to assure data consistency going forward. This data infrastructure may be utilized by Data Integration, Data Asset Management, Information Security, and Business Intelligence functions within the organization. Developing this data infrastructure is critical for integrating, managing, securing and gaining intelligence from the organization’s data assets. Without the proper data infrastructure, doing this is difficult at best and more likely it’s impossible. This report covers:

 

  • How to make the decision when to continue to invest in legacy data architecture and design and when to shift the focus to future data systems
  • How to change data design practices that are entrenched in the organizational zeitgeist and retool to get the data right
  • How to develop a proactive data design practice covering the identification, architecture, design and deployment of data structures/systems
  • How to use the Business Blueprint as the foundation to achieving enterprise-wide data consistency
  • Using the data infrastructure as a vehicle to integrate, manage, secure and leverage the organization’s data assets

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