Podcast: Business Technology and Human-Speak

An excellent recent Marty Moseley blog post called for every one of us, regardless of where we sit within our organization chart, to learn conversational business-speak. 

This common call to action, perhaps first sounded by the George Colony blog post in August of 2006, rightfully emphasizes that “business is technology and technology is business” and therefore traditional IT needs to be renamed BT (Business Technology) and techies need to learn how to “engage in a discussion of process, customers, and operations, not esoteric references to SOA, Web services, and storage management.” 

Therefore, we need to always frame enterprise information initiatives (such as data governance and master data management) in a business context by using business language such as mitigated risks, reduced costs, or increased revenue, in order to help executives understand, as the highly recommended Tony Fisher book details, the need to view data as a strategic corporate asset.

While I do not disagree with any of these viewpoints, as I was reading the latest remarkable Daniel Pink book, I couldn’t help but wonder if what we really need to do is emphasize both Business Technology and (for lack of a better term) Human-Speak.

In this brief (approximately 9 minutes) OCDQ Podcast, I share some of my thoughts on this subject:

You can also download this podcast (MP3 file) by clicking on this link: Business Technology and Human-Speak


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Live-Tweeting: Data Governance

The term “live-tweeting” describes using Twitter to provide near real-time reporting from an event.  I live-tweet from the sessions I attend at industry conferences as well as interesting webinars.

Recently, I live-tweeted Successful Data Stewardship Through Data Governance, which was a data governance webinar featuring Marty Moseley of Initiate Systems and Jill Dyché of Baseline Consulting.

Instead of writing a blog post summarizing the webinar, I thought I would list my tweets with brief commentary.  My goal is to provide an example of this particular use of Twitter so you can decide its value for yourself.


As the webinar begins, Marty Moseley and Jill Dyché provide some initial thoughts on data governance:

Live-Tweets 1


Jill Dyché provides a great list of data governance myths and facts:

Live-Tweets 2


Jill Dyché provides some data stewardship insights:

Live-Tweets 3


As the webinar ends, Marty Moseley and Jill Dyché provide some closing thoughts about data governance and data quality:

Live-Tweets 4


Please Share Your Thoughts

If you attended the webinar, then you know additional material was presented.  Did my tweets do the webinar justice?  Did you follow along on Twitter during the webinar?  If you did not attend the webinar, then are these tweets helpful?

What are your thoughts in general regarding the pros and cons of live-tweeting? 


Related Posts

The following three blog posts are conference reports based largely on my live-tweets from the events:

Enterprise Data World 2009

TDWI World Conference Chicago 2009

DataFlux IDEAS 2009