People have a hard time communicating, and also have a hard time finding business knowledge in the environment. With the sophistication of search technologies like Google, business people expect to be able to get their questions answered about the business just like you can do an internet search. The truth is, knowledge management is primitive today, and it is due to the fact that we have poor business metadata management. This book is about all the groundwork necessary for IT to really support the business properly. By providing not just data, but the context behind the data. For the IT professional, it will be tactically practical--very "how to" and a detailed approach to implementing best practices supporting knowledge management. And for the the IT or other manager who needs a guide for creating and justifying projects, it will help provide a strategic map.

Key Features

* First book that helps businesses capture corporate (human) knowledge and unstructured data, and offer solutions for codifying it for use in IT and management. * Written by Bill Inmon, one of the fathers of the data warehouse and well-known author, and filled with war stories, examples, and cases from current projects. * Very practical, includes a complete metadata acquisition methodology and project plan to guide readers every step of the way. * Includes sample unstructured metadata for use in self-testing and developing skills.


The market includes IT professionals, including those in consulting, working on systems that will deliver better knowledge management capability. This includes people in these positions: data architects; data analysts, SOA architects; metadata analysts, repository (metadata data warehouse) managers. Also, vendors that have a metadata component as part of their systems or tools.

Table of Contents

Business Metadata The Quest for Business Understanding Section I: Rationale and Planning 1. What is Business Metadata a. What is Metadata? i. A brief history of metadata ii. Types of Metadata 1. Technical 2. Business 3. Structured versus Unstructured MD b. What is Business MD? i. Some examples and usage c. When does data become MD? d. Who are the users of business metadata? e. A grid of metadata f. Business metadata and reference files 2. The Value and Benefits of Business Metadata a. Metadata Provides Context: i. Example: the number "42" ii. The road sign analogy iii. The library card catalog analogy b. Business Metadata Provides Historical Perspective c. Contextual Benefits in Analytical Processing i. Simple Reports ii. Drill Downs iii. Exception Reporting iv. Heuristic Analysis v. KPI Analysis vi. Multivariate Analysis vii. Pattern Analysis viii. Spreadsheets ix. Screens d. Hidden MD e. The Information Supply Chain i. The Business Feedback Loop 3. Who is responsible for Business Metadata? a. Who Has the Most to Gain from Business Metadata? b. Stewardship versus Ownership c. Business versus Technical Ownership d. Is Stewardship of Business Metadata any different? i. Data Stewardship ii. Metadata Stewardship iii. Business Metadata Stewardship e. Stewardship Challenges f. Why should MD be funded? (Bill) i. How and why should business metadata be funded 1. The business


No. of pages:
© 2008
Morgan Kaufmann
Print ISBN:
Electronic ISBN:

About the authors

W.H. Inmon

Affiliations and Expertise

Inmon Data Systems, Castle Rock, CO, USA

Bonnie O'Neil

Affiliations and Expertise

Project Performance Corporation, Denver, CO, USA

Lowell Fryman

Lowell Fryman is a Senior Principal at Aspen Information Solutions and Director of the K2-Aspen Data Lab, He is recognized as a thought leader in business metadata/glossaries, enterprise application integration, DW/BI applications, and Data Governance having hands-on experience with over 80 business intelligence implementations. He is co-author of the book “Business Metadata: Capturing Enterprise Knowledge (Morgan-Kaufmann 2007)”. He is a former Adjunct Instructor for the Masters in Business Intelligence, Daniels College of Business, Denver University and is past President of DAMA-International Rocky Mountain Chapter (RMC) and is an active speaker at international conferences. Lowell is currently the industry practice leader for the Business Glossary channel on Recently he has lead teams in the implementation of enterprise Metadata/Governance repositories, business intelligence applications, and business intelligence Centers of Excellence for major international corporations.

Affiliations and Expertise

Collibra, USA