1. Data in the hand for life's rich demand
Speaking at the recent Oracle Industry Connect, the Mayo Clinic's James Buntrock recalled a time when organisations simply added applications, databases and point-to-point interfaces between them. The result? A plethora of disconnected data warehouses. Rather than focus on apps, Mayo takes a data-centric approach, Buntrock says, treating data as a critical asset for research, clinical and other needs. Getting this right means aligning IT and business objectives, he says, as well as supporting informatics and data mining in addition to traditional business intelligence.