Essential Guide

Change agents: Leaders in information management technology

The articles in this guide profile various information management technology projects and the agents of change that made them possible.

Introduction

It takes plenty of zeal and determination to execute a successful information management technology initiative. Whether the initiative focuses on big data technology, data integration, data quality or another information management imperative, the goal of affecting real change requires planning, homework and strength of character.

With this guide, you'll get to know many "Change Agents" that have carried out information management technology projects from the start and produced positive results for their organizations. These inspiring tales of transformation are   full of advice about how to use technology to improve the way business is done. Our Change Agents profiles offer real inspiration and solid guidance on how to conduct a career at the crossroads of business and IT.

1Problem solving-

Using technology to solve business problems

In this section, learn how various information management technology professionals have used their resources to push through projects that would solve various technology problems and inefficiencies.

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You've got mail! Messaging platform aids ops director with large load

Messaging Operations Director James Thompson shares how he selected a messaging platform to meet his company's growing volume of email deployments. Continue Reading

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Onefinestay CTO uses graph database to power 'unhotel' booking system

London-based Onefinestay operates a system for booking vacations in homes whose owners are themselves out of town. Jackson Hull, the company's chief technology officer, led a deployment of graph database technology to help keep the booking engine humming. Continue Reading

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Teams at Ancestry.com team up to deploy Hadoop for DNA data matching

The large and varied data sets collected by genealogical information provider Ancestry.com pose big processing challenges. But through collaboration between data scientists and software engineers, the company applied Hadoop and HBase to help power its DNA matching service. Continue Reading

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Efficiency more than a pipe dream with JD Edwards applications

The Womble Company, an industrial pipe coating company, needed more efficient JD Edwards reporting applications. Learn how they found the right match. Continue Reading

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Cloud strategy reduces costs and promotes strategic roadmap at HBP

A cloud strategy at Harvard Business Publishing reduced costs and management challenges. But it took a strong leader at the helm to shepherd change. Continue Reading

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Smokey Bones HR manager blends HR and customer service

Rob Benninghove, VP of HR at Smokey Bones, believes if he serves his employees well, they'll serve their customers well. Continue Reading

2Strategy-

Using technology to redefine and streamline business strategies

In this section, learn how various information management technology professionals were able to redefine business strategies and bring about organizational change through technology initiatives.

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Data architect brings BI data out of IT shadows

Learn how to better manage BI data created in shadow IT from former shadow IT worker, data architect Ryan Fenner. Continue Reading

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BPM workflow management software answers IT manager's call

An inside look at how an IT manager researched workflow management software to determine how to best meet his organization's growing needs. Continue Reading

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Healthcare data analytics taking on a bigger role at Kaiser Permanente

Kaiser Permanente VP Terhilda Garrido is leading an effort at Kaiser to enhance patient care delivery with data analytics. Continue Reading

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Data warehousing architect helps improve Pfizer's business decisions

Pat Saucier has spent the past quarter century watching businesses come around to the idea that data should be managed as an asset. His extensive knowledge of database development and data warehousing has helped him in overseeing Pfizer's research-related data warehousing and business intelligence initiatives. Continue Reading

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Turnaround master uses data mining to save dollars

As the CFO and vice president of IT for the American Academy of Physician Assistants, Shyam Desigan has worked on a variety of data mining and business intelligence projects, saving millions of dollars with his creativity and strategic thinking. Continue Reading

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NFL statistical data company scores touchdown with API service

NFL data statistics company discusses how it evaluated several API service vendors. Continue Reading

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APM project management paints software picture for Port of San Diego

The Port of San Diego has hundreds of applications that span five decades. This is the story of the woman charged with plotting their course for APM. Continue Reading

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Ops director uses cloud accounting software to treat integration woes

Medical device company Safe Orthopaedics got off to a healthy start, thanks in part to a cloud accounting software product. Continue Reading

3Careers-

Careers in information management technology

In this section, learn about the careers of several agents of change and their secrets to success in information management technology professions.

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Verizon strategist examines how big data creates the 'data self'

Wilco van Ginkel, now working as a senior strategist with Verizon Enterprise Solutions, has made a career of imagining alternatives and outthinking existing systems. Recently, he has turned the data ecosystem upside down with the concept of the "data self." Continue Reading

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IT leader gains perspective from missed ground-floor opportunity with Microsoft

For some, a missed opportunity to make millions with Microsoft would be a difficult memory. But John Poonen looks back on it fondly. With a career that has taken him around the globe, Poonen's early "mistake" has led him to a career as a respected executive with enviable knowledge about how to achieve success working at the intersection of business and IT. Continue Reading

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Would-be lawyer becomes IT director for Condé Nast

Justin Glantz had always planned to become a lawyer, but when an internship with Zeneca Group turned into a full-time offer after graduation, his law school plans ended up on the back burner. Now plying his technical experience in a new direction as an IT director for Condé Nast, Glantz can't imagine any other career. Continue Reading

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SAP Business One and Beer: An entrepreneur's journey

With the help of SAP Business One, Ryan Hilliard went from being a flight instructor to founding and running his own brewery. Continue Reading

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Oracle pro takes the thoroughbred view with IT, EBS upgrade

CIO Wade Lewis has been in IT long enough to know that patience and planning are rewarded, particularly with an EBS upgrade. Continue Reading