Can SAS Data Management get you to soccer on time?

A soccer fairy tale Imagine it's Soccer Saturday. You've got 10 kids and 10 loads of laundry – along with buried soccer jerseys – that you need to clean before the games begin. Oh, and you have two hours to do this. Fear not! You are a member of an advanced HOA […]

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Health insurance, healthcare and pharmaceutical perspective on data quality – Part 2

As I explained in Part 1 of this series, spelling my name wrong does bother me! However, life changes quickly at health insurance, healthcare and pharmaceutical companies. That said, taking unintegrated or cleansed data and propagating it to Hadoop may only help one issue. That would be the issue of getting the data […]

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Health insurance, healthcare and pharmaceutical perspectives on data quality – Part 1

Does it upset you when you log onto your healthcare insurance portal and find that they spelled your name wrong, have your dependents listed incorrectly or your address is not correct? Well, it's definitely not a warm fuzzy feeling for me! After working for many years in the healthcare, pharmaceutical and […]

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Big data, data standards and cross-platform integration

At a recent TDWI conference, I was strolling the exhibition floor when I noticed an interesting phenomenon. A surprising percentage of the exhibiting vendors fell into one of two product categories. One group was selling cloud-based or hosted data warehousing and/or analytics services. The other group was selling data integration products. Of […]

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Should easy access to data change the data strategy?

In the past, we've always protected our data to create an integrated environment for reporting and analytics. And we tried to protect people from themselves when using and accessing data, which sometimes could have been considered a bottleneck in the process. We instituted guidelines and procedures around: Certification of the data […]

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Planning the strategic data road map

One of the challenges my clients struggle with is figuring out how to execute against a proposed data strategy. The visionaries are always happy to participate in the process of assessing the current state and proposing a vision for the future. And adding business justifications and quantifiable metrics for success […]

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Risks to consider when developing a data strategy – Part 1

Creating a strategy for the data in an organization is not a straightforward task. Not only does our business change – our software solutions also change before we can ever get done with a data strategy. So, I choose to understand that a strategy has a vision, and my vision may change […]

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How often (and why) does your data strategy need to be updated?

In my previous post, I discussed the characteristics of a strong data strategy, the first of which was that a formal, well-defined strategy exists within your organization. This post discusses how often (and why) your organization’s data strategy needs to be updated. While strategy encompasses and sets the overall direction for […]

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Proposing a business-oriented data strategy

In my two prior posts, I discussed the process of developing a business justification for a data strategy and for assessing an organization's level of maturity with key data management processes and operational procedures. The business justification phase can be used to speculate about the future state of data management required […]

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