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Meeting Information for December 2002

The next meeting of the LA Area DB2 User Group will be held on December 5, 2002 at American Honda in Torrance. The meeting room will open at 8:30am for coffee and refreshments with the first presentation beginning around 9:30.

Driving Directions: The American Honda campus is located at 1919 Torrance Blvd, Torrance, CA 90501. The telephone is (310) 783-2000. It is about 1.5 miles south of the 405 Freeway and about 1.5 miles west of the 110 freeway. Click here for directions and a map.


PRESENTER: MICHAEL SCOFIELD

Michael Scofield is a popular speaker, author and consultant on data architecture, data warehousing, and data quality. Most recently, he was Director of Data Quality for Experian (formerly TRW Credit Data) in Orange, California. Prior to this position, he was Vice President and Manager of Information Quality for Home Savings of America (Los Angeles). He is keenly interested in data quality assessment, and reverse engineering and mining of production databases.

His articles on data architecture and data quality techniques have been published in Information Week, IBI System Journal, Data Management Review, and the Database Newsletter. His speaking engagements include DAMA-International conferences, Meta-data Conferences in London and the U.S., various DAMA chapters, DB2 user groups, and The Data Warehousing Institute. He also writes humor, published in the Los Angeles Times and other journals.

PRESENTATION: The Importance of Data Architecture for Avoiding ERP Disaster and
Preserving Quality in the Data Asset

For a variety of reasons, companies are looking to the "silver bullet" offered by ERP and other broad-spectrum business application packages to resolve their business application backlog. For some businesses, this may be a suitable alternative, but for many mature businesses, it could be a serious mistake.

Fundamentally, your business has a logical data architecture, whether you model it or not. The physical data architecture reflected in existing relational databases may not be keeping up with the business logical model. Indeed, existing applications (legacy or ERP) and their underlying databases may actually retard the natural morphing of the business.

This presentation will look at data architecture. Why it is hard to understand. Why it is hard to explain to executives (let alone legacy programmers). Why enterprises develop fragmented data architectures. What companies tried to achieve with ERP packages. Why they may be disappointed. What are the potential points of failure in the disconnect between the legacy logical data architecture, and the package's data architecture. How to spot the problems. How they might be mitigated.

Running businesses on ERP packages and the remaining legacy applications provides significant data integration challenges. We will look at those challenges, what semantic data integration is really about (it is far more than mere name and address). Akin to this is a review of the fundamentals of data quality, and how it applies to the evaluation and planning of the ERP conversion.

Scary stuff!


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