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Douglas Thompson
Executive Architect, IBM

Doug Thompson is an business/IT professional who has been working with data for 30 years. He has extensive experience in solving business problems with technology and observing how additional business problems are created by using technology.

What the Academy Awards mix-up teaches us about data integration

What the Academy Awards mix-up teaches us about data integration

March 30, 2017 | by Douglas Thompson, Executive Architect, IBM
The Academy Awards provided a great example of the challenges of data integration. The business output of the data integration processes in the award ceremony is the announcement of a winner in a specific category.

How a global cosmetics company created a solid data foundation

January 23, 2017 | by Douglas Thompson, Executive Architect, IBM
Just as a cosmetics company is focused on the foundation for beauty, many companies regardless of industry are looking to specialize in high-quality presentation of product to consumers. See how one global cosmetics organization took a master data management approach that offers expertise,...
The ever-evolving role of master data management

The ever-evolving role of master data management

November 29, 2016 | by Douglas Thompson, Executive Architect, IBM
Censuses have long provided governing authorities with data that helps them make decisions affecting the lives and livelihoods of people everywhere. In modern times, however, companies look for more than just a name when doing business—and that’s where master data comes in. Find out how your...
When time matters: Deepwater Horizon and transforming data in the cloud

When time matters: Deepwater Horizon and transforming data in the cloud

October 14, 2016 | by Douglas Thompson, Executive Architect, IBM
The movie Deepwater Horizon that depicts the oil spill disaster of the same name serves as an example of how government agencies and corporations need to collect a lot of data and disseminate information immediately as events quickly unfold. Not only are all parties involved asked for a tremendous...
From the ground to the cloud: Take flight with data

From the ground to the cloud: Take flight with data

Information integration and governance is giving data wings

May 11, 2016 | by Douglas Thompson, Executive Architect, IBM
Flight is perhaps humanity’s oldest dream, brought from concept to reality over the course of millennia. Today, businesses can chart a flight plan for their data, taking it where it needs to be even in cloudy skies and uncertain conditions. Find out how modern approaches to data and data...
Houston, we've had a problem

Houston, we've had a problem

What businesses can learn from the Apollo 13 mission challenges

April 25, 2016 | by Douglas Thompson, Executive Architect, IBM
Solving a particular challenge requires understanding it before commencing to solve it. The astronauts on the Apollo 13 mission in 1970, for example, had to apply logic when they suddenly found themselves in the direst of circumstances, and they were able to find solutions through the use of data...
Garbage in, garbage out: Is this approach still sustainable for clean data?

Garbage in, garbage out

Is this approach still sustainable for clean data?

March 23, 2016 | by Douglas Thompson, Executive Architect, IBM
No one really starts with clean data. Yet when garbage in means garbage out, is such an approach sustainable? Discover how information governance tools can help you make sense of “garbage” data, turning it into helpful, actionable information relevant to your business’s bottom line.