Traceability using a Two-Step Metadata Approach
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  Don Soulsby   Don Soulsby
Senior Consultant
Sandhill Consultants


Monday, April 30, 2012
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM

Level:  Introductory

In the last 5 years, we have seen an ever increasing demand placed on Data Management professionals to provide information for Application Integration, Master Data and Business Intelligence projects. The requests from the business are questions such as; “Where is my critical Customer order information?” or “Where does this column on the Financial report come from?”. Throw into the mix, a disparate set of data sources and technologies that contain the metadata to answer the questions. In this presentation, we will look at an approach to providing the data traceability through a “one step forward, one step back” metadata approach. We will look at a similar approach that has been adopted by the perishable food industry for food safety traceability. We will also look at several of the critical success factors in delivering the information such as “internet” search capabilities, graphic visualization and multiple layer metadata views.

Mr. Soulsby is a senior consultant with Sandhill Consultants specializing in strategic and technical architectures for metadata management, business intelligence and data management. Mr. Soulsby has held senior professional services, product management and marketing positions with large software development organizations. He has an extensive background in information architecture and planning, business requirements definition and data modeling methodologies. He has over 25 years of experience in the development of operational and decision support applications. Mr. Soulsby is an excellent communicator and has taught data modeling and data warehouse courses through public offerings and onsite engagements to corporate clients. Mr. Soulsby is a recognized thought leader who speaks regularly at international industry events, DAMA functions.

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