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The authors advocate attention to smart data strategy as anorganizing element of enterprise performance optimization. They believe that smart data as a corporate prioritycould revolutionize government or commercial enterprise performancemuch like six sigma or total quality asorganizing paradigms have done in the past. This revolutionhas not yet taken place because data historically resides in theprovince of the information resources organization. Solutionsthat render data smart are articulated in technoid terms versus the language of the board room. While books suchas Adaptive Information by Pollock and Hodgson ably describethe current state of the art, their necessarily technical tone isnot conducive to corporate or agency wide qualitative change.show more

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  • Hardback | 328 pages
  • 157.48 x 236.22 x 20.32mm | 589.67g
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
  • Wiley-Blackwell
  • Hoboken, United States
  • English
  • 0470473258
  • 9780470473252
  • 1,336,570

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A clear, actionable approach to employing an enterprise-wide smart data strategy "Smart data" is the combination of interoperable characteristics in a system of data exchange that is agreed upon by the user community. It enhances and optimizes enterprise performance, enables more timely and responsive decision-making, and lowers IT costs. Smart Data provides a practical framework for this essential strategy, equipping the reader with the necessary tools to maximize the wealth of information in their corporate databases. James George and James Rodger persuasively address the problem of "data whose life cycle often outlasts the information technology (IT) paradigm under which it was created," paving the way for IT to once again propel an organization's advancement. The authors: Make smart data strategy explicit and understandable, closing the knowledge gap between enterprise executives and enabling technologists Identify the elements essential to optimizing performance, explain how to overcome the barriers, and present visionary ideas to aid in implementatio Provide a detailed plan that includes roles, responsibilities, and accountabilit Employ two types of case studies--scientific/academic and anecdotal/programs--to support and illustrate the authors' idea Engineer high-impact results through collaboration between executives, operations management, and technologist Help government enterprise executives to improve their ability to achieve faster result Show commercial enterprise participants how to maximize their demonstrated value to government enterprise as members of the supply chain of prime contractors, subcontractors, and suppliers Government executives, such as CIOs and managers of major information systems, will find tremendous value in Smart Data, as will their counterparts in the commercial sector. CEOs, CTOs, and other senior executives interested in maximizing the value of information in their corporate databases can also benefit from this work. In addition, MBA students as well as project management and IT students will appreciate discovering the unique performance improvement advantages that the adoption of a smart data strategy provides.show more

About James A. George

JAMES A. GEORGE is a performance improvement consultant tothe federal government and commercial customers. He is presentlyDirector at SAM, Inc., Rockville, Maryland. JAMES A. RODGER, PhD, is a professor in the MIS/DecisionSciences Department of the Eberly College of Business andInformation Technology at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania.He has done consulting work for the Department of Defense, amongmany other federal agencies.show more

Table of contents

Foreword. Preface. Acknowledgments. Introduction: A Comprehensive Overview. Predictive Management. IDEF Lexicon for Executives. Organization of This Book. Smart Data in Three Dimensions. Business Rule. Case Study: IT Capital Budgeting Using a Knapsack Problem. Case Study: Better Decision Making: Field Testing, Evaluationand Validation of a Web-Based MedWatch Decision Support System(MWDSS). Engineering an Ubiquitous Strategy for Catalyzing EnterprisePerformance Optimization. What Smart Data Provides. References. 1 Context: The Case and Place for Smart DataStrategy. 1.1 Value of Data to the Enterprise. 1.2 Enterprise Performance Versus Enterprise Integration. 1.3 Current Problems and Deficiencies from Poor DataStrategy. 1.4 New Technologies. 1.5 Breaking from Tradition with Improved Results. References. 2 Elements: Smart Data and Smart Data Strategy. 2.1 Performance Outcomes and Attributes. 2.2 Policy and Business Rules. 2.3 Expectations: Managerial and Technical. 2.4 Capacity for Change and Improvement. 2.5 Iteration Versus Big Bang. References. 3 Barriers: Overcoming Hurdles and Reaching a New PerformanceTrajectory. 3.1 Barriers. 3.2 Overcoming Barriers. 3.3 Top Down Strategy. 3.4 Balance of Consequences and Reinforcement. 3.5 Collaboration. 3.6 Enterprise Performance Optimization Process. 3.7 Enterprise Performance Optimization Architecture. 3.8 Scoping, Scheduling, Budgeting, and Project and ProgramManagement. References. 4 Visionary Ideas: Technical Enablement. 4.1 Today s Possibilities. 4.2 Calibrating Executive Expectations. 4.3 Five Years from Now. 4.4 Ten Years From Now. References. 5. CEO s Smart Data Handbook. 5.1 Strategy. 5.2 Policy. 5.3 Organization. 5.4 Actions. 5.5 Timing. 5.6 Funding and Costing Variables. 5.7 Outcomes and Measurements. References. Index. Wiley Series in Systems Engineering and Management.show more

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