Metadata At The Crossroads… A Relentless Pursuit Of Implementations And Applications Of Metadata-Enabled Management To Maximize The Value Of Investment In Information technology … Ian Rowlands, Senior Director of Strategy, ASG September 15, 2011 www.asg.com Copyright®2011 Allen Systems Group, Inc. Agenda Where We Stand How The World Is Changing Where We Are Headed Some History www.asg.com Copyright®2011 Allen Systems Group, Inc. Some History 1974 (approximately) : MSP Datamanager 1986 R&O Rochade 2001 Soamai becubic 2009 ASG-metaGlossary 2011 ASG-METAMDM www.asg.com Copyright®2011 Allen Systems Group, Inc. The Crossroads “Enterprise” metadata management Metadata management as a capability to enable realtime IT Metadata management as a capability to optimize essential BUSINESS functions Metadata management as a capability to optimize essential IT functions www.asg.com Copyright®2011 Allen Systems Group, Inc. Where We Stand ASG-metaGlossary Business Glossary ASG deploys a valuable and increasingly interconnected set of metadata solutions – but it’s not enough! ASG-Rochade Enterprise Repository ASG-Manager Products Mainframe Repository ASG-becubic Applications Repository ASG-metaCMDB Infrastructure Repository www.asg.com Copyright®2011 Allen Systems Group, Inc. How The World Is Changing Shift to knowledge work Increased IT driven business risk Demand for changing IT cost model www.asg.com Copyright®2011 Allen Systems Group, Inc. Megatrends: The Metadata Explosion Semantic (Meaning) Richness Now – Knowledge Workers 2000 – Information Specialists 90’s – Data Strategists metadata Late-70’s-80’s Technical / Programmer metadata Syntactic (Structural) Richness "Much of the work of finding, interpreting and connecting relevant pieces of information, negotiating meanings and eliciting knowledge in conversations with others, creating new ideas and using them to come up with a final product, happens in the head of a knowledge worker or as part of communication or doing work." (Efimova 2004) www.asg.com Copyright®2011 Allen Systems Group, Inc. Increasing IT Driven Business Risk Risk of information misuse Risk of corporate exposure • Misinterpreted information • Governance and compliance • Bad decisions • Data theft • Using the wrong information • Criminal and corporate liability • Using the right information incorrectly • Loss of intellectual property • Using information that is • Legal repercussions out of date Risk of business inertia • Inability to find information in a timely manner • Inability to combine information • Failure to collaborate How can information risks be mitigated? Risk of excessive cost • Loss of IT investment • Significant training/retraining • Recreating existing work product • Assistance required to find information www.asg.com Copyright®2011 Allen Systems Group, Inc. The Demand For A Changing IT Cost Model Much scholarly work has attempted to prove (or disprove) the “value” of IT • Dr. Tim Lincoln, IBM Sesame Studies, 1986 • Paul Strassman (Information Payoff, The Squandered Computer) • Nicolas Carr “IT Doesn’t Matter”, “The End of Corporate IT www.asg.com Copyright®2011 Allen Systems Group, Inc. The Demand For A Changing IT Cost Model As a business resource, information technology today looks a lot like electric power did at the start of the last century [when manufacturers built and maintained their own generators]. Companies go to vendors to purchase various components — computers, storage drives, network switches and all sorts of software — and cobble them together into complex informationprocessing plants, or data centers, that they house within their own walls. They hire specialists to maintain the plants, and they often bring in outside consultants to solve particularly thorny problems. Their executives are routinely sidetracked from their real business — manufacturing automobiles, for instance, and selling them at a profit — by the need to keep their company’s private IT infrastructure running smoothly. Nicholas G. Carr, The End of Corporate Computing, MIT Sloan Management Review, Spring 2005 www.asg.com Copyright®2011 Allen Systems Group, Inc. The Transitioning Enterprise IT Environment Private Mainframe Virtualized Distributed Cloud Public Cloud www.asg.com Copyright®2011 Allen Systems Group, Inc. How Does This Affect Metadata Management? Strategically • Elevates the corporate perception of the value of the metadata asset • Requires “industrialized” metadata management applications • Broadens the scope (massively) of metadata discovery and access Tactically • Requires a rethink of model/metamodel relationships • Demands new style user interface / access capabilities • Requires capabilities to integrate metadata management and business applications • Forces the pace of federation development • Extends requirements for authentication / authorization capabilities • …. www.asg.com Copyright®2011 Allen Systems Group, Inc. Industrialized Metadata Management Applications There is an emerging recognition of the need to apply metadata management to problems like Business Glossary, Master Data Management, Governance and Data Warehouse Management •“Standard” metadata implementations struggle to gain business user acceptance •Visionary implementations often collapse under their own weight ASG has recognize the need for an “industrialized” approach to creating applications to address the business issues, and has created a new class of product, the “metaApp” •ASG-metaGlossary was created drawing on experience from DDIC and the Data Warehouse Management Application •ASG-metaMDM will continue the process •Product development will focus on capabilities that enable ASG and customer metaApp development “Standard” metadata management Dependent on “Craft Work” Visionary metadata implementations Metadata enabled solutions to significant business issues “Master Class” Skills shift to USAGE not creation www.asg.com Copyright®2011 Allen Systems Group, Inc. Example metaApp Roadmap for Server Provisioning Change Mgmt Governance Phase 3 Phase 1 Zena Automation Phase 2 Phase 4 CMDB Integration zKoss UI Provisioning Engine www.asg.com Copyright®2011 Allen Systems Group, Inc. The Broadened Scope Of Metadata Management Off Premise Cloud On-Premise Computing OnPremise Cloud The logical enterprise server The dispersed workforce www.asg.com Copyright®2011 Allen Systems Group, Inc. The Broadened Scope Of Metadata Management Managed Environment Managing Environment Consuming Environment Where does the metadata reside? www.asg.com Copyright®2011 Allen Systems Group, Inc. Model / metamodel relationships: Current State There are: • Application models • Corporate models (generally user defined) • Some “subject / generic” models (e.g., RDBMs) • Many technology-specific models There is no general framework There is no obvious “rule” about where a model fits www.asg.com Copyright®2011 Allen Systems Group, Inc. The Metadata Landscape Governance Information Business Rules Business Processes Semantic Repository Enterprise Repository Application Repository Web Services Registries Data models and definitions Infrastructure (metaCMDB) www.asg.com Copyright®2011 Allen Systems Group, Inc. A Simple Proposal Application Models Which inherit from: The Enterprise Model Which consolidates: Subject Models Which reconcile / rationalize: Technologyspecific Models All of the items types and all of the potential relationships implied by all of the subject models would be enormous! In practice, each enterprise uses its own unique combination to form the enterprise model Terminology ARIS Organization Provision Processes Oracle RDBMS’s DB2 Applications Java PL/I www.asg.com Copyright®2011 Allen Systems Group, Inc. Refining The Subject Model Terminology Content Terminology – describing business concepts is, in a sense, the “master” and bridges the other “subjects” Data Process Applications Services www.asg.com Copyright®2011 Allen Systems Group, Inc. The User Interface Challenge “Just Click It” Business Users don’t want a special user interface – maybe not even a search box – but information at the click of a mouse! www.asg.com Copyright®2011 Allen Systems Group, Inc. ASG Product Areas Performance Management Cloud Portal Cloud Application on Demand Cloud Infrastructure Provisioning ITOMS CMS Infrastructure & Operations Management Suite Cloud Management Suite EAMS Cloud-in-a-Box Operations Management Infrastructure Management Foundation Technology APM Application Portfolio Management Application Mainframe Management AMS DIMS Information and Document Management Application Management Suite Data & Information Management Suite Metadata Management www.asg.com Copyright®2011 Allen Systems Group, Inc. Summary The world of Information Technology is going through generational changes ASG has a history of responding well to such changes, notably in the metadata management space We are adjusting based on our history We assert our continued passion for metadata excellence! www.asg.com Copyright®2011 Allen Systems Group, Inc.