Chapter 1

The Rebirth of Enterprise Data Management


Tremendous interest exists today in enterprise data management, largely because of the “dawn of the Big Data era.” Yet organizations have been pursuing the idea of well-architected data management at the enterprise level since the 1960s and 1970s, largely with very little lasting success. Understanding the timeline and history of enterprise data management is essential to making intelligent architecture decisions with today’s and tomorrow’s new technologies and to avoid repeating mistakes of the past. From early visions of a single common, mainframe-hosted “data base” to the consequences of Y2K efforts, a comprehensive yet concise history of enterprise data management is presented. ...

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