SAS MDM new release brings harmony to big data discord

I've been in many bands over the years- from rock to jazz to orchestra - and each brings with it a different maturity, skill level, attitude, and challenge. Rock is arguably the easiest (and the most fun!) to play, as it involves the least members, lowest skill level, a goodly amount of drama, and the […]

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Big wishes for data management

In the movie Big, a 12-year-old boy, after being embarrassed in front of an older girl he was trying to impress by being told he was too short for a carnival ride, puts a coin into an antique arcade fortune teller machine called Zoltar Speaks, makes a wish to be big, […]

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Big data preparation, big data quality and big data governance, oh my!

This isn't Kansas anymore. Oz has become a sprawling, smart metropolis filled with sensor data. How do we make sense of, clean, govern and glean value from this big data so we can get Dorothy home? The answer is SAS Data Management. With the latest portfolio updates, customers will be […]

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Data steward is a tough role to play

In my previous post I explained that even if your organization does not have anyone with data steward as their official job title, data stewardship plays a crucial role in data governance and data quality. Let’s assume that this has inspired you to formally make data steward an official job title. How […]

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For those about to steward data, we salute you

Data stewardship is one of the most important, and commonly misunderstood, aspects of data quality and data governance. Not only are the characteristics of a good data steward a rare combination of skills to find in an individual employee, the culture of most organizations does not nurture the development of data stewardship. It would not […]

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The truth about truth

Truth is a funny thing. And I don’t just mean how some true things are funny. A few examples include that strawberries are not berries, peanuts are not nuts, Chock Full o’Nuts coffee does not contain nuts, and the singer-songwriter Barry Manilow did not write his hit song “I Write […]

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Treat your data steward like a rock star

Every day of the year, there's a holiday celebrating one thing or another. In fact, you probably didn't know that Oct. 22 WAS CAPS LOCK DAY. Whoops. Or, if you're like me, you completely spaced on Oct. 26. It was Mother-in-Law Day. Boy, we'll be hearing about that for the […]

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Achieving persistent data governance, pt. 3: find a visionary

In the first two parts of my series (part 1 and part 2), I talked about common ways data governance projects can (and do) fail and offered collaboration between teams as a key to achieving success. In this post, we’ll examine the importance of realizing the full value of your […]

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Achieving persistent data governance, pt. 2: focus on trouble areas

In the first part of my series on ensuring data governance success, I mentioned the importance of linking different teams. Collaboration is an often overlooked, but critically important, part of having a successful project. Not only that, coordination and cooperation helps to create the right culture of data mindfulness throughout […]

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