The biggest knocks against Mike Daconta in the industry is that he is a "dreamer" and he has not been able to deliver his dreams into substance. I believe Mike is a visionary and people like him are essential in IT innovation. He offers ideas which address actual business problems and it is up to engineers to formulate the ideas into reality.
His new book Information As Product follows this pattern. In the book, Mike offers a solution of producing Information as a product which comes out of a "Information" factory line and it is appropriate information for the appropriate person and it is delivered in the appropriate time. The book presents a general solution to a problem plaguing various enterprises. The problem is that there is a temporal and semantic gap between information consumers and producers. The book does a great job of describing the concepts involved with this idea however no system analyst and architect can decompose this book into functional and non-functional requirements to build a system which will make concepts in this book a reality. Mike states in his book that the book Information As Product is the first book in a series of books which will engage its readers in a dialogue on how information systems can be improved.
The things I liked in the book are:
- easy to read
- presenting the ideal information management system as a factory line where information can be packaged in a package
- I loved the way he describes packaging up the information. I believe this idea can implemented
- the importance of metadata, selecting the right metadata and consequences of poor metadata management
- The DIKW (Data-Information-Knowledge-Wisdom) pyramid - It is only a conceptual model. I would love to see how metadata fits in this pyramid.
- He lost me in couple of parts otherwise it is not a bad book.
Links to buy the Information As Product book.