The Biggest Sin is the Sin of Omission

By Elliot King   People of a certain age may remember the advertising campaign by an American   television manufacturer that asserted that "the quality goes in before the name goes on."   While the manufacturer ultimately went the way of all the companies who actually built   televisions in the United States, the advertising message was compelling. A product's ingredients count. If information…

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Increasing Data Utility and Gaining Business Value from Data Enhancement

By David Loshin   Most business applications are originally designed to serve a specific purpose, and   consequently, the amount of data either collected or created by any specific application is   typically just enough to get the specific job done. In this case, the data is utilized for the   specific intent, and we'd say that the "degree of utility" is limited to…

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Diagnosis Precedes Cure

By Elliot King Face it. Almost all data has problems. Most organizations have multiple data sources and too often depend on potentially unreliable data flows from customers, data entry clerks, third-party providers and different processing systems for it to be otherwise. So what can you do to identify data quality problems before bad data interferes with critical business processes? Actually,…

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Quality Data is Green Data

For 30 years now--yes, it has been that long--we have all heard about how the shift to personal computing would lead us to the nirvana of the paperless office. Since the creation of the Internet, we have heard about how networks would cut down on direct mail marketing and how cutting down on the use of paper would inevitably be…

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Delivering Complete Data Quality: An Intro to Pentaho’s New Plug-in for Data Integration

A new webinar introducing our contact verification plug-in for Pentaho Data Integration (PDI) is now available. John Miller, Pentaho's senior software developer, and Bud Walker, Melissa Data's product manager, announce the new plug-in to the Pentaho community, what it does, and why data quality is vital to ETL. The webinar also features a discussion on their integration road map, and…

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Data Quality’s “True North”

It was the article's title that caught my attention - the "7 Habits of Highly Effective Data Quality" by William Sharp. I read Stephen Covey's "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People" a while back, so I was curious to read Sharp's take on aligning Covey's "true north" principles to data quality. Could it point the way to success? Here's…

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Why Data Quality Matters

Have you ever heard of Six Sigma? Celebrating its 25th birthday, Six Sigma is a business management strategy designed to improve product quality by identifying and eliminating variability in production processes. Six Sigma was the midwife to the idea of "continual process improvement," (CPI) which seems to be the mantra of every manufacturing company in the country (maybe the world)…

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Healthy Data Helps Patients, Providers Flourish

Evaluating and maintaining data quality is complex in any industry. However, the uniquely complex and non-stop aspects of healthcare data management complicate the process significantly. Characterized by a steady stream of patient records and evolving contact points, information must be managed effectively within a deep well of legacy data. Check out our featured article in the latest issue of Health…

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The Cost of Poor Data Quality in a Global Economy

Once a number gets into public circulation, sometimes it never changes no matter what happens. How many people in America don't have health insurance?  For about 10 years the number bandied about has always been around 45 million. The data quality arena has its own 10-year-old, commonly accepted number--the annual cost of poor data quality on American businesses. The statistic most…

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