It’s Hard to Do the Right Thing

By Elliot King This should come as no surprise to anybody, but data does not take care of itself. In fact, by its very nature, data degrades; it is corrupted; it becomes stale and in many other ways loses its timeliness and value. The ongoing onslaught on the quality of corporate data may be nasty to think about, but it…

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Communication is a Key to Data Quality

By Elliot King Too often, data quality is seen as a strictly technical issue. Data quality problems must be identified, assessed and then rectified, and that process is best managed by experts using the right tools. But communication may be the most important element in a data quality program. A data quality program can only succeed if all the stakeholders…

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It Takes a Team

By Elliot King As the cliché has it, data is an organization's most valuable asset. But the question is--who guards those corporate jewels? Is it the IT staff that is charged with making sure the information infrastructure supports the business correctly? Is it the database developers and administrators who are the front-line data professionals? Is it the business users who…

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What is a Data Steward and Do You Need One?

By Elliot King The metaphor of "ownership" has become popular in organizations and their IT shops. Companies have "application owners" and projects that are "owned" by this or that group. So that raises the question, who "owns" your data? The right answer is that nobody "owns" the data. Data is a resource that must be shared across an organization. Data…

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