Organizations that want to get value from their data need to manage that data well. But to most executives, data management seems obscure, complicated, and highly technical. You don’t have time to learn all the detail or cut through the hype. Navigating the Labyrinth helps you get there. Based on best practices from DAMA’s Data Management Body of Knowledge (DMBOK2), it explains the fundamentals and says why they are important. It focuses your attention on what you need to know to help your organization build trust in and get value out of its data.
DAMA International is a not-for-profit, vendor-independent association of technical and business professionals dedicated to advancing concepts and practices related to managing data and information in support of business strategy. With chapters throughout the world, DAMA International encourages best practices through a network of connected individuals and organizations who share ideas, trends, problems, and solutions and who look to DAMA as the trusted, collaborative central resource for all things data. Visit dama.org to learn more.
Laura Sebastian-Coleman has worked on data quality in large health care analytic data warehouses since 2003. She has implemented data quality metrics and reporting, launched and facilitated data quality working groups, and developed data consumer training programs. She has contributed to efforts to establish data standards and to manage metadata for large analytic data warehouses and big data environments. Named DAMA Publications Officer in 2015, she was production editor for the DMBOK2, for which she received DAMA International's prestigious annual award for Outstanding Service to the Data Management Profession in 2018. She is also author of Measuring Data Quality for Ongoing Improvement.
Developing video games—hero's journey or fool's errand? The creative and technical logistics that go into building today's hottest games can be more harrowing and complex than the games themselves, often seeming like an endless maze or a bottomless abyss. In Blood, Sweat, and Pixels, Jason Schreier takes readers on a fascinating odyssey behind the scenes of video game development, where the creator may be a team of 600 overworked underdogs or a solitary geek genius. Exploring the artistic challenges, technical impossibilities, marketplace demands, and Donkey Kong-sized monkey wrenches thrown into the works by corporate, Blood, Sweat, and Pixels reveals how bringing any game to completion is more than Sisyphean—it's nothing short of miraculous.
Taking some of the most popular, bestselling recent games, Schreier immerses readers in the hellfire of the development process, whether it's RPG studio Bioware's challenge to beat an impossible schedule and overcome countless technical nightmares to build Dragon Age: Inquisition; indie developer Eric Barone's single-handed efforts to grow country-life RPG Stardew Valley from one man's vision into a multi-million-dollar franchise; or Bungie spinning out from their corporate overlords at Microsoft to create Destiny, a brand new universe that they hoped would become as iconic as Star Wars and Lord of the Rings—even as it nearly ripped their studio apart.
Documenting the round-the-clock crunches, buggy-eyed burnout, and last-minute saves, Blood, Sweat, and Pixels is a journey through development hell—and ultimately a tribute to the dedicated diehards and unsung heroes who scale mountains of obstacles in their quests to create the best games imaginable.
“Satya has charted a course for making the most of the opportunities created by technology while also facing up to the hard questions.” – Bill Gates from the Foreword of Hit Refresh
The New York Times bestseller Hit Refresh is about individual change, about the transformation happening inside of Microsoft and the technology that will soon impact all of our lives—the arrival of the most exciting and disruptive wave of technology humankind has experienced: artificial intelligence, mixed reality, and quantum computing. It’s about how people, organizations, and societies can and must transform and “hit refresh” in their persistent quest for new energy, new ideas, and continued relevance and renewal.
Microsoft’s CEO tells the inside story of the company’s continuing transformation, tracing his own personal journey from a childhood in India to leading some of the most significant technological changes in the digital era. Satya Nadella explores a fascinating childhood before immigrating to the U.S. and how he learned to lead along the way. He then shares his meditations as a sitting CEO—one who is mostly unknown following the brainy Bill Gates and energetic Steve Ballmer. He tells the inside story of how a company rediscovered its soul—transforming everything from culture to their fiercely competitive landscape and industry partnerships. As much a humanist as engineer and executive, Nadella concludes with his vision for the coming wave of technology and by exploring the potential impact to society and delivering call to action for world leaders.
“Ideas excite me,” Nadella explains. “Empathy grounds and centers me.” Hit Refresh is a set of reflections, meditations, and recommendations presented as algorithms from a principled, deliberative leader searching for improvement—for himself, for a storied company, and for society.