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Review of Patterns of Information Management

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Published by: IBM Press
ISBN: 9780133155501

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Patterns of Information Management is an excellent reference on building robust and scalable data architectures. The authors are expanding software design patterns to cover data architecture. This book is a primer on how to be a successful Corporate Data Architect. Good reference for anyone involved in data management.


As with any reference book, the language is abstract and sometimes hard to follow. However, the authors have successfully produced a large volume of design patterns to cover most, if not all, aspects of information management from a data-centric perspective. From how to store information, pass it between applications and systems without sacrificing integrity to how it is consumed by the most important individuals in any corporation, the decision-makers, this book is a treasure-trove of pluggable designs for any data need.

In my honest opinion, Information Management has always been about 10 years behind software development in terms of innovation and adaptability. The authors have successfully closed the gap between data management techniques and object-oriented software development opened by software reuse patterns in the mid 1990’s (Design Patterns by the GOF). Anyone interested in scalable Data Architecture should read this book.

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