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Archive | 2017
One version of the truth: one version of the facts!

Forget About Truth: Give Me the Facts!

In a recent post, Vipul Aroh, made the argument that ‘truth’ and data quality were incompatible and supported the Thomas Redman view that seeking one version of the truth in data was a ‘one lie strategy’.  If this were true, then Data Quality would be a completely flawed approach that ought to be abandoned immediately!  Now, although people’s obsession with digital data is flawed […]

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Auntie's typewriter

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 storingelements of data in a manner that enables them to be read and used […]

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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 fourData 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 data and information […]

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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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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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