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IMM world audience spans 5,ooo towns and cities in 181 countries.

IMM Audience Now in 5,000 Towns & Cities in 181 Countries

IMM the Integrated Modeling Method can truly be said to be global with an audience in nearly every country in the world, as shown by the map below from our website Google analytics. You can help us to grow our audience still further by: Sharing this page with colleagues and friends by clicking on one […]

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Data Quality: Fatally Flawed

Data Quality is a Fatally Flawed Approach The trouble with Data Quality is that it is all about data – and this is a fatal flaw!! Managing data in any enterprise as a standalone element with an imagined intrinsic value is a fundamentally flawed approach that brings no sustainable benefits of any kind. Double Whammy […]

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Software Development: Quality Checklist

Quality Essentials If your business is software production, whether for in-house or external clients, then it is essential that you have the following elements and structures in place. Each of the elements listed below are essential, whether you are building a one-off application for a specific client or a package for mass distribution. System Development […]

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Unique Keys are the Primary Cause of Duplication in Databases

It is perhaps the greatest paradox of data quality that the PRIMARY cause of duplication of entries in any database is the mistaken use of unique keys as the Unique Identifiers UIDs) of records.
Click on “Read More” to learn how to avoid this error.

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Extended Family – a Basic Data Model

I was recently discussing the the subject of modelling the structure of the extended family in a commercial environment. I had come across this when doing consultancy for a finance company located in London and Dublin. They were loaning money for the purchase of motor vehicles and needed to know just how much exposure they […]

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Which Customer Contact Structure?

I made this entry in response to a blog post I read about some anomalies in B2B (Business to Business) structures at Echoes in the Database. That post essentially referred to what seemed like duplicate records in a table relating to an individual within a client company and was trying to decided whether or not […]

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Five Key Steps to Quality Data Modelling

To most business people data modelling is a black art that is practiced by the company IT department. It brings no tangible business benefits and is solely designed to make mere mortals feel confused and inferior.  Sadly, many IT departments actually foster this view and, for those that do, the data modelling that they carry […]

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John Owens Discusses Data Management

Listen to John Owens introduce some of the basics of producing an information architecture for data management in this 1 minute MP3.

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Stages in Data Modeling

A newcomer to this subject asked me the question “Where do I start and what are the stages in Data Modeling?”.  Here, in brief, is the answer I gave. The first step in data modeling is data analysis.  This means gathering information that will tell you what data entities are required by the business. You then need […]

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Data Management

Data is an invaluable asset. Not only is it essential for successfully supporting current operations but it will enable you to plan the future growth and success of your enterprise. To this end Data Management is essential. Effective Data Management needs an effective Data Architecture. An effective Data Architecture can only be achieved by doing […]

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