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Data Quality: Dead Crows Kill Customers!

Dead Crows also Kill Suppliers! While recently doing a webinar on with Dylan Jones, of Dataqualitypro, I was the describing the essential role of Logical Data Model plays in Data Quality.  During our discussions, Dylan asked me to give examples of how the Model helped and, of course, I had to tell him how Dead […]

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The Pitfalls of Data Re-Use

The reuse, though seemingly an eminently sensible practice, is fraught with danger. The only data that is truly safe to re-use is genuinely raw data. All other data should carry a health warning.

Read on on to find out what these dangers are and how to avoid them.

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Name That Place

There is one aspect of Data Management and Data Quality that causes the greatest proliferation of duplicates across the globe, is the confusion that exists regarding the Unique Identifiers (UIDs) of data entities. I previously addressed UIDs in the posts such as One Version of the Truth. and The Power of QUACKs and UIDs However, last week […]

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Data Quality – One Version of the Truth?

The concept of “one version of the truth” is possibly the most widely discussed (and disputed) topics in Data Quality. Some say that it can never exist, others, that it must always exist or there is no quality. There is one version of the truth but, perhaps, not the truth as you know it! Know the Unique Identifier (UID) and the truth becomes blindingly obvious!

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What does ‘Capability’ Mean? Nothing!!

“Capability” is a term that is used all over the place in business and on the web, where people (including me!) write and expound on it at length. So what? Well, it actually means that people are talking and writing an awful lot about a term that has no meaning!!!

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There Are No Such Things as Data Rules!

This may come as a surprise to many involved in Data Quality but, wait for it, there are no such things as data rules! By looking at data you can never deduce or define a rule that dictates that one entity should be related to another or that a value of an attribute of an entity has to be, in a certain format and have limits to its value. So what does dictate data content, structure, format and constraints?
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There's No Such Thing as a Customer!

“Customer” is one of the Data Enitities that lies at the heart of most MDM practices in enterprises around the world and it is not in fact a Data Entity at all! This situation has arisen because far too much “data quality” work is done without the use of a properly structured Logical Data Model. This work then serves to perpetuate rather than remove fragmented data structures.

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Business Modelling Architecture

All good analysis and modelling is achieved by starting in the right place, and that place is with the core activities of the enterprise – the Business Functions. If you have not started in the right place, then you need to know how to get back there. The Hierarchy of Models shown in the diagram in this post will enable you to do this.
If you are working on any model and have not built the preceding model(s) then you are not going to achieve a Quality outcome.  For example, if you are modelling Processes and have not yet built your Function Model, then you are in trouble.  This failure to first model Functions is one of the main reasons why most BPM projects fail to deliver.

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Procedure Modelling eBook

I am just starting to write Procedure Modelling, the fifth book in the series for the Integrated Modelling Method. The purpose of this book is to define Procedure Modelling and how it differs from Process Modelling. To define in detail the elements of a procedure, i.e. triggers and outcomes, controls, method, knowledge, skills, resources and evidence. To show step-by-step how to do Procedure Modelling. I would love your input. Have a look at the full post and tell me what you think.

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Is Capability a Function?

In response to a recent post I got a comment from a reader suggesting that what I called a Function was a Capability. In this post I explain how I align Capability with the standard English meaning of the word, i.e. what an enterprise is capable of doing. Capability actually couples a Function with elements that increase its depth, scope, productivity, etc. These elements could include knowledge, technology, product portfolio, geography, and many others.

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