Data is an indicator of the health of an enterprise, not a driver of it.

Data Dialysis is Killing Enterprises!

One of the major barriers to  improving the maturity of Data Quality in enterprises around the globe is the mistaken belief, by far too many DQ practitioners, that good data creates a good enterprise. The reality is quite the reverse of this. It is a good enterprise that creates good data. Good data is the [...]

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MDM Master Data Management

Customer and Supplier are NOT Master Data Entities!

This post was prompted when I received some feedback after I ran a webinar on MDM.  The feedback highlights some of the structures and thinking surrounding some MDM ‘solutions’ that, contrary to what they are sold as doing, actually contribute to MDM fragmentation. Have a read of the feedback and my response and let me [...]

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Figure 3 of Big Data and Fifth Normal Form (5NF) Lies

What Are You doing to Protect Your Big Data from 5NF Syndrome?

Big Data x 5NF = Really Big Data Errors It is true that Big Data may offer huge opportunities for enterprises to gain hitherto unimagined insights. Alas, it also true that is has the potential to tell enterprises really big lies! This has nothing to do with the quality of the Big Data. These ‘lies’ can [...]

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An As-Is business analyst suggering from MAIM (Manis As-Is Modeling) or asisitis.

Should As-Is Modeling to be a Notifiable Disease?

Not Insanity or an Illness? For very many years now, most rational analysts have been bewildered by the bizarre and irrational behaviour of As-Is BAs (and some senior executives) who, in spite of the overwhelming evidence that As-Is Process Modeling is a fatally flawed approach to business improvement, persist on inflicting it on enterprises everywhere. [...]

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10 Key Questions

10 Key Questions: The Foundation for All Successful Projects

It is a sad fact that the majority of business improvement and system development projects start off in the wrong place, head in the wrong direction and fail!  This failure is unacceptable as all the errors that cause it are easily avoided. Amazing as it may seem, all it takes to start any project in the [...]

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Fogville - where things are always a little hazy!

Fogville: Rip Van Data Winkel Wakes up after 20 Years!

Due to boredom, Rip Van Data Winkel fell asleep in Fogville over 20 years ago.  He now awakes into the brave new world of Data Quality in 2013.  What earth shattering changes will he find? Will his mind be able to to handle the magnitude of the global improvements that 20 years has surely brought [...]

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A beautiful ripple in a 'data pond'

Your Data Pond Needs Ripples

In his recent post, The Stone Wars of Root Cause Analysis, Jim Harris discussed how using root cause analysis to remove data quality issues is like trying to stop people throwing stones in a pond by taking an endless series of defensive actions, such as blocking paths to the pond, building a high stone-deflecting wall [...]

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Fogville - where things are always a little hazy!

Fogville Analysts Are Not Lost in the Mists, They are Exploring Complexity!

To the ordinary business or data analyst, stumbling about in a misty landscape would seem to be a situation from which they would want to extract themselves as soon as they possibly could. But that is the ordinary analyst. To the analysts of Fogville, wandering through mist and haze does not suggest being lost in [...]

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The Data Compass helps enterprises plot a save passage to Data Quality.

The Universal Data Compass

Fuzzy thinking is spreading like a fog across the landscapes of data management and data quality.  Instead of extracting themselves from this fog, many data analysts actually convince themselves that, far from being lost in the mists and haze, they are actually finding enlightenment in a new and unexplored world of complexity.  Few ever emerge [...]

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