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Data, Information and Auntie’s Christmas Letter

Data: A Poor Substitute for Information The biggest barrier to the improvement of information in enterprises globally is that IT, Data Quality teams, etc. think that digital data equates to information. The fact is that digital data is merely a means of storing elements of data in a manner that enables them to be read […]

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If You’ve Got Data Quality Roles, You Might Not Have Data Quality!!!

In a recent post the very knowledgeable Nicola Askham suggested that an enterprise ought to have the four Data Quality roles of Data Owner, Data Steward, Data Produces and Data Consumer. Though I agree with Nicola that these roles are valid early on, I also believe that, if they persist, then the enterprise is very unlikely ever to achieve true maturity in […]

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The DNA of Data Quality: The Building Blocks of the Enterprise

While watching a TV programme on genetics, I became fascinated by the power of the DNA double helix and how a single strand could hold all of the instructions to build a living entity, be it a mouse, a man or a mammoth. Shortly after the Programme an image started forming in my mind as […]

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Three city talking tour for John Owens July & August 2014

Three City Speaking Tour

I am really excited to be setting out on a three-city speaking tour of Australia next Sunday, 27 July. MDM Summit My first stop is at the MDM and Data Governance Summit in Sydney, which starts on 29 July. I’ll be giving a talk on the 30 of July and then running a half-day workshop […]

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Click to find out more about the DNA of Data Quality at the PPDM Symposium in Perth, Australia in August 2014

The DNA of Data Quality for Oil & Gas E&P

I am honoured to have been invited to be a keynote speaker at the PPDM Symposium in Perth, Australia in August this year. It will be nice to be back again in front of an audience from this industry, with whom I have a long standing connection, to unveil my latest Integrated Modeling Method (IMM) innovation, the DNA of Data Quality. My […]

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The data warrior will cost you dearly if you are waging war on data.

Waging War on Bad Data? Give Up. You’ll lose!

War on want. War on drugs. War on terror. Have these wars eliminated want, drugs and terror? No. Some would argue, quite the opposite. There are two main reasons for this, both allied to the human condition. The first is based on a phenomenon first observed by Carl Jung, that made him coin the term, […]

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

Is Data Dialysis Killing Your 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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