Data governance: The perfect marriage of soft and hard skills?

We've witnessed a significant rise in data governance adoption in recent years. Careers, technology, education, frameworks, practitioners – there's growth in all aspects of the discipline. Regulatory compliance across many sectors is a typical driver for data governance. But I also believe one of the main reasons is the realisation by […]

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Automating operational data validation, Part 2

In my last post, we explored the operational facet of data governance and data stewardship. We focused on the challenges of providing a scalable way to assess incoming data sources, identify data quality rules and define enforceable data quality policies. As the number of acquired data sources increases, it becomes […]

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Data preparation and data wrangling, Part 2 (yippee, bring your lasso)

In Part 1 of this two-part series, I defined data preparation and data wrangling, then raised some questions about requirements gathering in a governed environment (i.e., ODS and/or data warehouse). Now – all of us very-managed people are looking at the horizon, and we see the data lake. How do […]

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Data validation as an operational data governance best practice, Part 1

Data governance can encompass a wide spectrum of practices, many of which are focused on the development, documentation, approval and deployment of policies associated with data management and utilization. I distinguish the facet of “operational” data governance from the fully encompassed practice to specifically focus on the operational tasks for […]

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Data prep and self-service analytics – Turning point for governance and quality efforts?

The demand for data preparation solutions is at an all-time high, and it's primarily driven by the demand for self-service analytics. Ten years ago, if you were a business leader that wanted to get more in-depth information on a particular KPI, you would typically issue a reporting request to IT […]

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Who was that masked data?

Data access and data privacy are often fundamentally at odds with each other. Organizations want unfettered access to the data describing customers. Meanwhile, customers want their data – especially their personally identifiable information – to remain as private as possible. Organizations need to protect data privacy by only granting data access to authorized […]

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Modernization starts at the top

Absent a strong executive presence, most mature organizations will continue to muddle through data integration.






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MDM intersections, Part 2: Data governance

Master data management (MDM) is distinct from other data management disciplines due to its primary focus on giving the enterprise a single view of the master data that represents key business entities, such as parties, products, locations and assets. MDM achieves this by standardizing, matching and consolidating common data elements across traditional and big […]

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In search of the Holy Grail: Sorry Hadoop fans, only MDM delivers single view of customer

Single view of customer. It's a noble goal, not unlike the search for the Holy Grail – fraught with peril as you progress down the path of your data journey. If you're a hotelier, it can improve your customer's experience by providing the information from the casinos and the spa at check-in to better meet your […]

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Shifting ownership to the source – The future of MDM?

Most companies are battling with master data challenges whether they realise it or not. When you're consolidating financials from multiple billing systems, you're doing MDM. When you're migrating legacy systems to a new target environment, you're doing MDM. When you're trying to perform root-cause analysis across multiple systems for a […]

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