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Exception Handling and the Open/Closed Principle

by Jason Williscroft

One of the core principles of Object Oriented Design (OOD) is the Open/Closed Principle (OCP). This principle states that software entities—classes, modules, functions, etc.—should be open for extension, but closed for modification. What does this mean? For a great functional example, let’s turn to the world of Data Management (DM). This is a particularly interesting…

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Dependency Inversion and the Data Access Layer

by Jason Williscroft

Imagine an institution several years into a large Data Management implementation. How would they apply Dependency Inversion? Why bother?

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Data Scientists and Data Janitors

by Jason Williscroft

Data Science is sexy. As opening statements go, this one has an impeccable pedigree. In October of 2012, the Harvard Business Review published an article entitled “Data Scientist: The Sexiest Job of the 21st Century“. Depending whom you ask, the term Data Science has been around since 1960, or 1974, or 2008 (according to the…

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Peeking Into The Sausage Factory: A Subjunctive Interview with Sir Richard Branson

by Jason Williscroft

Somewhere in an alternate universe, billionaire everything-impresario Richard Branson is preparing a guest column for an upcoming issue of Wired. His topic—and this required a little wheedling of the Wired editorial board, but generally Sir Richard gets what he wants—is a profile of the little firm that shook the Data Management industry like a giant…

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Hello Again, World!

by Jason Williscroft

After many months of planning, design, and implementation, we are very proud to announce the launch of our new website! Of course a website is really just the tip of any corporate iceberg. The redesign of our website was far more than a cosmetic facelift: it actually represented a complete review and refactor of HotQuant’s…

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HotQuant Partners with EDM Council to Advance Data Management Assessment Capabilities

by Jason Williscroft

CHICAGO, IL, Jan. 5, 2016 – HotQuant, Inc., and the EDM Council, a non-profit trade association to advance the practice of data management, have partnered through the Council’s Authorized Partner Program to enable HotQuant to conduct assessments utilizing the EDM Council’s Data Management Capability Assessment Model (DCAM™) framework. “DCAM is a comprehensive framework to assess…

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Choosing the Right Delivery Strategy for Your Data Management Implementation

by Adam Roderick

When I got into the business of data management, it struck me how many similarities these implementations share with standard software development projects. What struck me even more is how many organizations do not apply lessons learned from software development to data management system implementations. I wish I knew why, and I have some ideas,…

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Pomposity and the Sound of Heavy Gunfire

by Jason Williscroft

A young man approached me recently for advice on how to succeed in the Data Management industry. After I replied, I realized that any person who applies these principles—whether in Data Management or in any other walk of life—is someone I would be privileged to know. So, at the risk of wearing out my welcome, here is…

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Guide to Continuous Integration in Data Management

by Adam Roderick

Continuous Integration is a best practice of modern software development. All professional software developers worth their salt practice continuous integration. Enterprise data management system implementations rarely practice continuous integration, however, because data management systems lag in adoption of most modern software development practices. Why Poor quality, slow development cycles, and missed requirements are results of…

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Data Governance and the Enemy of the Good

by Jason Williscroft

This Monday, 18 April, marks the beginning of Enterprise Data World in San Diego, arguably the most important North American Data Governance conference of the year. I’ll be there, as will be most practitioners of note in the data world. We will be in the minority, though. Well over half of the attendees at EDW will come…

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