Sunday, June 8, 2008

...You can negotiate with a terrorist...

Yesterday I saw this line on Wikipedia's entry for Data Architect. The line is:
"Q: What is the difference between a Data Architect and a terrorist? A: You can negotiate with a terrorist." I chuckled after reading this line since it is so true. I consider myself a "data" guy who enjoys talking about data and its significance in the Information Technology domain. Being a "data" guy, I have to agree with the line from Wikipedia because data architecture is the origin of any system architecture. If the data architecture is incorrect or partially incorrect, the downstream impact on the system is significant. That is one of the reasons why data folks are such sticklers to details and they don't easily deviate from their data policies or decisions.

One of things why I really like working with data is because it is smallest unit of information in an Information system. Even in college, I enjoyed physical sciences where we discussed quantum mechanics and the smallest units in science. Fortunately in Information Systems, data architects don't deal with probabilities to determine if the data went into the system or not. In quantum mechanics, there is a mathematical probability (a very small one) that part of the tennis ball will go through the wall while there is very high mathematical probability that the tennis ball will bounce of the wall. Even though data is so binary, people don't understand how to work with data. Hopefully there will be a day when everyone appreciates data in information systems and there are no terrorists in the world. Will that day every come true?

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