Assembling a Data Quality Management Framework

By David Loshin There are two dominating questions that I am asked over and over again when people are in process to create a program for data quality management. The first is "how can you develop a business justification for a data quality program?" and the second is "how do we get started?" We are currently working on a task…

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Where Do You Fit In?

By Elliot King Too often, those of us with our noses to the grindstone have no time to look up. We are so busy putting out fires, monitoring and maintaining what we have, or trying to launch new initiatives that we never look around to see how other organizations are dealing with similar issues. This may be particularly true in…

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So What Keeps You Up at Night?

By Elliot King In one of his most memorable comments, former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld once remarked that in assessing the threats to the United States he worried about three kinds of things--what he called the known knowns, or the threats he knew the U.S. was facing; the known unknowns, or threats about which he knew that they didn't…

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Business Rules Rule

By Elliot King Back in the day when television sets were still built in America, the Zenith Corp. ran an ad that proclaimed that the quality went in before the name went on. Okay, at some point Zenith was trying to gloss over the fact that the company had fallen behind in automation and a lot of their manufacturing process…

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Low Cost Ways to Improve Data Quality

By Elliot King In many organizations, when one side of the house starts talking about improving data quality, the other side of the house starts hearing one thing and one thing only--costs. They assume that initiating a data quality program is going to be a heavy lift financially, requiring consultants, investments in technology, training and more. And even if those…

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Get it Right the First Time

By Elliot King People generally think of data quality as a remedial exercise. During the ongoing course of business, for a variety of reasons, companies find themselves with incorrect data. The goal of a data quality program is to identify the incorrect data and fix it. And while data errors inevitably do occur, an essential element of a data quality…

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Get to the Root of Data Quality Problems

By Elliot King Safeguarding data quality is a continual and ongoing process. Sadly, no matter how diligent companies are, data quality problems will be created. But why is that?   The root causes of data quality problems are deeply intertwined with daily business operations coupled with the simple truth that businesses are not static. Things change. Time decay is perhaps the…

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