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Mike Blechar
VP Distinguished Analyst
17 years at Gartner
43 years IT industry

Michael Blechar is vice president and distinguished analyst in the Information Management Research area of Gartner's Research and Advisory Services. Mr. Blechar specializes in the area of metadata management/repositories, information and data services…Read Full Bio

Metadata Management for Pace Layering

by Michael Blechar  |  March 3, 2012

Many organizations find themselves with an enterprise application strategy that no longer satisfies the needs and desires of the business community, and this often leads to poor decisions and bad investments. In response to this need, Gartner has developed a “Pace-Layered Application Strategy” methodology for categorizing applications which, when coupled with metadata management best practices, […]

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Innovation Through the Use of Pattern-based Thinking

by Michael Blechar  |  January 31, 2012

Many of you may know that I happen to be a really good chessplayer (i.e. former NY City Open Junior Champion and US Air Force Chess Champion). To get good at the game, you must learn to identify repeatable patterns (i.e. “in this configuration of pieces the White pieces have the possibility to generate a […]

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Metadata Repository Request for Information (RFI) and Ratings Toolkit

by Michael Blechar  |  November 24, 2011

In my last post,  I mentioned a new research note I had just published (“Decision Framework for Evaluating Metadata Repositories*”). In that post I discussed a proven, successful approach for evaluating metadata repositories based on specific scopes of emphasis and levels of organizational maturity in terms of governance and metadata management practices. I have just […]

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Evaluating Metadata Repositories

by Michael Blechar  |  October 31, 2011

I recently published a research note called “Decision Framework for Evaluating Metadata Repositories*” which describes the best practices for the process of rating and ranking repository solutions. Obviously, this goes into much greater detail than I can address in this blog. However, I’d like to highlight a few key points to my readers…. Most organizations […]

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Metadata Management: Sources and Integration Impact Success and Failure

by Michael Blechar  |  October 1, 2011

While those in most organizations I talk to want one comprehensive metadata management solution, they generally understand that the issues surrounded an enterprise-wide set of shared metadata is beyond their scope, funding and governance abilities to implement. Hence most metadata management efforts – especially initially – tend to focus on smaller-scoped domains like data warehousing, […]

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The Heart of Information Infrastructure is the Information Capabilities Framework

by Michael Blechar  |  October 1, 2011

To borrow a phrase from an old James Bond movie soundtrack by Wings, “But if this ever changin’ world in which we live in makes you give in and cry, say live and let die”. This can be especially true for those in Information Management who are getting bombarded with requests to support all kinds […]

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Understanding the Data Architecture Requires Modeling Collaboration

by Michael Blechar  |  October 1, 2011

  Just a quick post on something I’ve been focused on – the need to coordinate the modeling efforts of information management (IM) personnel with business analysts and developers to better understand the data architecture. Historically, IM modelers have been documenting the data architecture using structured analysis/structured design (SA/SD) methods (like Information Engineering and Yourdon) […]

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Solution Architecture Collaboration

by Michael Blechar  |  July 30, 2011

in past blogs you’ve heard me talk about the need for collaboration across business process management (BPM), service-oriented architecture (SOA) and master data management (MDM) initiatives. I’ve also discussed how most of these initiatives tend to be initially focused on a “far-less-than-enterprise” scope of effort – in many cases targeting for improvement one business process, […]

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Trouble Getting Agreement to Share Processes and Applications? Focus on Sharing Data!

by Michael Blechar  |  June 30, 2011

Frequently the politics and culture of organizations lead to autonomous business units wanting sole control and use of their processes and applications (generally with some limited bridging of data across the organizational silos). This, of course, leads to increased time and expense in integrating and managing the siloed processes, applications and data – inflating IT […]

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Are BPM, SOA and MDM Creating New Silos Instead of Breaking Them Down?

by Michael Blechar  |  May 28, 2011

I recently had the opportunity to co-author with Ross Altman and Andrew White a “trilogy” of newly published research notes (see below) on the topic of the value of collaboration between business process management (BPM) service-oriented architecture (SOA) and master data management (MDM) initiatives. All three initiatives have at their heart a belief that collaboration […]

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