Inside Analysis

Information Oriented Architecture

Whether they realize it or not, software architects tend to adhere to one of two distinctive views of software: either a process-centric view or a data-centric view. Some may arrive at their view after carefully considering the merits of the two approaches and selecting one that they believe to be superior in some way. But most simply find themselves in one camp or the other as a consequence of the software tools they have used and the projects they have worked on. But which is better?

In an effort to answer that question, The Bloor Group created the Information Oriented Architecture, a technological roadmap which describes a comprehensive data architecture that pertains to modern organizations. 

Inaugural Web Report

Agile BI and the Information Oriented Achitecture

Watch this Webcast to hear Bloor outline his vision for the data-oriented companion to an SOA. He describes the necessary component parts, and offers insights about how your organization can design, launch and maintain an IOA. He also provides details on which kinds of technologies should be used in order to enable the kind of self-service BI that pundits for years have touted as the Holy Grail of informatics.
Webcast Slides 

First Round Table

How to Leverage an IOA

An Information-Oriented Architecture enables quick access to the whole range of data assets within an organization. Achieving that vision requires a variety of technologies. Check out this roundtable discussion to learn how new and old approaches can be leveraged to harness an IOA.

Dave Duggal of Ideate will extol the virutes of an “interaction architecture” that uses a RESTful approach to avoid “premature optimization.” Bob Eve of Composite Software will tout the value of an Enterprise Data Layer. The final 15 minutes of the hour will include a detailed Q&A with all audience members and Tweeters.

Webcast Slides 

Second Round Table

Understanding Options for Data Access

Most business users don’t really care how they get their data, so long as it’s clean, accurate and timely. That’s the whole idea with an Information Oriented Architecture — you design an environment in which users can access the data they want, when they want it. The Cloud obviously expands the playing field, but the importance of understanding options for data access and usage remains paramount.

Watch the second Roundtable Discussion to gain insights from veteran IT Analyst Colin White, as well as Bloor Group Chief Analyst Robin Bloor, CEO Eric Kavanagh, and guests Suresh Chandrasekaran of Denodo Technologies and Yves de Montcheuil of Talend. We’ll dig into the details of providing data via traditional ETL, as well as via data virtualization, federation, and other creative methods. We’ll also discuss the value of semantics, where data modeling fits into the IOA, and best practices for getting your organization on track.

Webcast Slides 

Findings Webcast

A New Awareness: The Information Oriented Architecture

The results are in, and the verdict is… Affirmative: More than half the respondents to our comprehensive survey said they do, in fact, have an Information Oriented Architecture! And that wasn’t the only surprise. Where does Cloud adoption stand for the enterprise? And what about Big Data solutions centered around Hadoop? What about Data Virtualization?

Watch this Findings Webcast to learn from Analyst Robin Bloor, along with Bloor Group CEO Eric Kavanagh. The complete findings of the survey will be revealed, and insights will be provided for the purpose of helping organizations improve their Information Architectures.

Webcast

Publications

Enabling the Agile Business with an Information Oriented Architecture

This White Paper by Robin Bloor follows the research process and the findings of the Information Oriented Architecture.

White Paper

Survey Results

In 2011, The Bloor Group conducted a survey on enterprise BI architecture adoption and plans.

Survey