Michele Goetz

VP, Principal Analyst

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Semantic Technology Is Not Only For Data Geeks

Michele Goetz October 30, 2015
You can't bring up semantics without someone inserting an apology for the geekiness of the discussion. If you're a data person like me, geek away! But for everyone else, it's a topic best left alone. Well, like every geek, the semantic geeks now have their day — and may just rule the data world. It […]
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Agile Development And Data Management Do Coexist

Michele Goetz October 20, 2015
A frequent question I get from data management and governance teams is how to stay ahead of or on top of the Agile development process that app dev pros swear by. New capabilities are spinning out faster and faster, with little adherence to ensuring compliance with data standards and policies.  Well, if you can't beat […]
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Are Data Preparation Tools Changing Data Governance?

Michele Goetz September 24, 2015
First there was Hadoop. Then there were data scientists. Then came Agile BI on big data. Drum roll, please . . . bum, bum, bum, bum . . . Now we have data preparation! If you are as passionate about data quality and governance and I am, then the 5+-year wait for a scalable capability to […]
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Data Governance and Data Management Are Not Interchangeable

Michele Goetz September 11, 2015
Since when did data management and data governance become interchangeable? This is a question that has both confounded and frustrated me.  The pursuit of data management vendors to connect with business stakeholders, because of the increasing role business units have had in decison making and holding the purse strings to technology purchases, means data governance […]
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Let’s Break All The Data Rules!

Michele Goetz July 20, 2015
When I think about data, I can't help but think about hockey. As a passionate hockey mom, it's hard to separate my conversations about data all week with clients from the practices and games I sit through, screaming encouragement to my son and his team (sometimes to the embarrassment of my husband!). So when I […]
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Is Zombie Data Taking Over?

Michele Goetz July 15, 2015
It is easy to get ahead of ourselves with all the innovation happening with data and analytics. I wouldn't call it hype, as that would imply no value or competency has been achieved. But I would say that what is bright, shiny, and new is always more interesting than the ordinary.  And, to be frank, […]
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Yellow Elephants and Pink Unicorns Don’t Tell The Real Big Data Story

Michele Goetz June 13, 2015
Big data and Hadoop (Yellow Elephants) are so synonymous that you can easily overlook the vast landscape of architecture that goes into delivering on big data value. Data scientists (Pink Unicorns) are also raised to god status as the only real role that can harness the power of big data — making insights obtainable from […]
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3 Ways Data Preparation Tools Help You Get Ahead Of Big Data

Michele Goetz February 17, 2015
The business has an insatiable appetite for data and insights.  Even in the age of big data, the number one issue of business stakeholders and analysts is getting access to the data.  If access is achieved, the next step is “wrangling” the data into a usable data set for analysis.  The term “wrangling” itself creates […]
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Beyond Big Data’s Vs: Fast Data Is More Than Data Velocity

Michele Goetz February 2, 2015
When you hear the term fast data the first thought is probably the velocity of the data.  Not unusual in the realm of big data where velocity is one of the V's everyone talked about.  However, fast data encompasses more than a data characteristic, it is about how quickly you can get and use insight.   […]
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The Theory of Data Trust Relativity

Michele Goetz December 16, 2014
Since the dawn of big data data quality and data governance professionals are yelling on rooftops about the impact of dirty data.  Data scientists are equally yelling back that good enough data is the new reality.  Data trust at has turned relative. Consider these data points from recent Forrester Business Technographics Survey on Data and […]
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When CRM Fails On Customer Information

Michele Goetz November 26, 2014
Early this year a host of inquires were coming in about data quality challenges in CRM systems.  This led to a number of joint inquires between myself and CRM expert Kate Legget, VP and Principal Analyst in our application development and delivery team.  Seems that the expectations that CRM systems could provide a single trusted […]
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Data Before Technology: IBM Watson’s Vision

Michele Goetz November 2, 2014
I sat down with Steve Cowley, General Manager for IBM Watson, on Tuesday at IBM Insights to talk about Watson successes, challenges since the January launch, and what is in store.  While the potential has always intrigued me, the initial use cases and message gave me more than a bit of pause: the daunting task […]
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Creating the Data Governance Killer App

Michele Goetz October 15, 2014
One of the biggest stumbling blocks is getting business resources to govern data.  We've all heard it: "I don't have time for this." "Do you really need a full time person?" "That really isn't my job." "Isn't that an IT thing?" "Can we just get a tool or hire a service company to fix the […]
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Disruption Coming For MDM – The Hub of Context

Michele Goetz October 8, 2014
Spending time at the MDM/DG Summit in NYC this week demonstrated the wide spectrum of MDM implementations and stories out in the market.  It certainly coincides with our upcoming MDM inquriry analysis where: Big data is influencing MDM strategies and plans Moving from MDM silos to enterprise MDM hubs Linking MDM to business outcomes and […]
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Quality, Trusted, Fit for Purpose Data?

Michele Goetz September 9, 2014
Often lagging in priorities when it comes to data strategy, it appears that data quality is coming back in favor. As organizations expand beyond data exploration and discovery to putting real action in place organization wide based on these insights, the risk of getting the answer wrong or having dirty data is higher.   But, […]
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Cognitive Computing Forum: 7 Things You Need To Know

Michele Goetz August 21, 2014
Day one of the first Cognitive Computing Forum in San Jose, hosted by Dataversity, gave a great perspective on the state of cognitive computing; promising, but early.  I am here this week with my research director Leslie Owens and analyst colleague Diego LoGudice.  Gathering research for a series of reports for our cognitive engagement coverage, […]
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Are Data Governance Tools Ready for Data Governance?

Michele Goetz June 25, 2014
An IT mindset has dominated the way organizations view and manage their data.  Even as issues of quality and consistency raise their ugly head, the solution has often been to turn to the tool and approach data governance in a project oriented manner.  Sustainability has been a challenge, relegated often to IT managing and updating […]
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Can You Afford To Ignore The Artificial Intelligence Wave?

Michele Goetz June 12, 2014
Recent news of a a computer program that passed the Turing Test is a great achievement for artificial intelligence (AI).  Pulling down the barrier between human and machine has been a decades long holy grail pursuit.  Right now, it is a novelty.  In the near future, the implications are immense. Which brings us to why […]
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PIM: MDM on Business Terms

Michele Goetz June 6, 2014
Along with Peter Sheldon in our eBusiness and Channel Strategy role, we just released the Forrester's Wave on Product Information Management.  I'm really exited about this report for two reasons: Clients now have a report that helps them make more informed choices about selecting a PIM solutions.  PIM is not always a well understood  master […]
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MDM: Highly recommended, still misunderstood

Michele Goetz June 3, 2014
Master data management is a hot topic.  And, this is at times surprising to me because the noise of big data is deafening.  Big data is certainly sexier.  MDM is like mom nagging to clean up the room – necessary, but a total buzz kill. Here is some of the anecdotal evidence that is raising […]
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