Saturday, May 3, 2014

XII Conference on Information Science - Data Science

The 12th edition of the Conference on Information Science will be happening on the 19th May. This year theme is "Science Data: New Challenges of Information Science."

I'll be there to share my experience in the Business Intelligence  - Panel "BI / Big Data in enterprises".

"Business Intelligence and Information Manager, what is the relationship?" was a question I tried to answer when in 2008. Journeys In, let's see what has changed since 2008.

More information: XII Conference on Information Science.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

UX LX - 13th May

In the 13th May, I will present in the UX LX (Lisbon). I will be paying full attention to Louis Rosenfel, Don Norman and many others.

I hope that, by the end of the eventI will be able to share my improved ideas about Information Architecture and Usability.

About the event:


Monday, March 28, 2011

European Projects - Digital Preservation, Digital Archives / Libraries and Digitization

This week, I will be searching for Projects/programmes held by the Europen Commission for:
  • Digital Preservation
  • Digitization
  • Digital Archives / Digital Libraries
 These are somes of my findings:

Do you know any other? If so, please comment this post.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Pentaho - Open Source Business Intelligence

Today, has taken place in Lisbon a small event about Pentaho: Open Source Business Intelligence.

Similarly to Alfresco (Open Source ECM), Pentaho has a Community Edition (free) and an Enteprise edition.

According to Pentaho, the cost of this Open Source solution is 80% lower than a traditional BI solution.With such a low cost, it is worth to at least give it a try.

Additionally, in order to get real BI, your company should at least have establish practices for Information Creation and Storoge.

More information at.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

"Document Management: Assessing costs and Benefits" - Gartner Research

Gartner has published in 2000 a research by Debra Logan, where you can find information about the ROI in Document Management. Despite the eleven years that passed by, most of the conclusion are still true and must taken in account. 

Debra claims that “Investment in DM will typically pay itself within two or three years. Information “hyper flow” is making this outlay almost mandatory for many document-intensive enterprises. Here is the case for cost-justifying the investment”.

Nowadays, almost any company is document-intensive, we create documents in many context for many proposes. We are called the Knowledge Workers, because we use knowledge and most of all we produce knowledge. How to capture knowledge? One of many ways is to write it down… in documents.

Debra proposes a reflection about the 10 ways of wasting time and money with documents, such as
  •    “documents are hard to find” ( especially when you are not the one who wrote it down
  • “document are hard to share” ( am I really looking to the last version? “ )

 In the end of this research, Debra defines a checklist for determine the “Maximum ROI from IDM” (Integrate Document Management):
  •  Volume of documentation
  •  Rate of increase
  •  How documents are created
  •  How documents are delivered Number of people that will access, edit, view
  • Compliance and Quality assurance that document will be need
  •  Business Value of the document
  •  Document´s Workflows requirements
  •  How documents will be used in business process
If you have questions about investing or not in Document Management, that a look in this research and take out the previous checklist in order to understand the importance of Documents in your organization. You can’t dream about how much you will save, if you invest in Document Management.

Information Manager - Skills

The Information Manager's main skills are:

     * Determine the information needs
     * Defining keeping policies
     * Defining Information Architecture ( structures and organizational schemes)
     * Enhance information´s  access / communication 
     * Provide services and technology suitable for information retrieval (creating metadata frameworks)
     * Set policies for the information disposal
     * Set policies for preservation and conservation

Briefly, the Information Manager has the primary responsibility for managing Corporate Information System´s . Thus, he necessarily needs skills in all phases of the life cycle of information.

Information Quality - why?

The information is being increasingly recognized as an economic resource, essential to decision making and business processes management.

Given the increasing importance in organizations and in society itself, it is natural  to accept concerns about information quality. In fact, an incorrect or outdated information can lead to a wrong decision and then produce a negative impact  on the organization.

A decision maker that is based on outdated or incorrect information will incur certainly in inadequate assumptions and therefore produce ineffective actions.

Moreover, when you assume that information is an organizational asset, it is clear that you need to apply quality control methods similar to those applied to other company resources such as the products. This assumption becomes more critical when the information is the company is actually a product itself, as in the case of organizations that provide market research.

Reflections about:
Olveira, João Nuno; AMARAL, Luís Alfredo - "O papel da qualidade da informação nos sistemas de informação"