The missing link in your data strategy – Part 1

"I skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it has been." -  Wayne Gretzky I love this quote from Wayne Gretzky. It sums up how most organizations approach data strategy. Data strategy typically starts with a strategic plan laid down by the board. The CEO will […]

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As the calendar turns – Part 2

In this two-part series, which posts as the calendar turns to a new year, I revisit the top data management topics of 2015 (Part 1) and then try to predict a few of the data management trends of 2016 (Part 2). Data management in 2016 The Internet of Things (IoT) made significant […]

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As the calendar turns – Part 1

In this two-part series, which posts as the calendar prepares to turn 2015 into 2016, I revisit the top data management topics of 2015 (Part 1) and then try to predict a few of the data management trends of 2016 (Part 2). Data management in 2015 Big data continued to make […]

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Beyond the boundaries of structured data: Part one

Most people have logged on to a social media site, maybe to look up an old friend, acquaintance or family member. Some people play games, or post funny pictures or other information they want to share with everyone. Do you ever ask yourself what happens with this information? What if your business wanted to purchase this information and […]

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Regulatory requirements drove new data quality projects in 2015

In 2014, big data was on everyone’s mind. So in 2015, I expected to see data quality initiatives make a major shift toward big data. But I was surprised by a completely new requirement for data quality, which proves that the world is not all about big data – not […]

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How to communicate the role of data governance

Confusion is one of the big challenges companies experience when defining the data governance function – particularly among the technical community. I recently came across a profile on LinkedIn for a senior data governance practitioner at an insurance firm. His profile typified this challenge. He cited his duties as: Responsible for the collection […]

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The fight between now and later

Time. It flies. It does so whether or not you’re having fun or otherwise putting it to good use. To know where it flies, you’d need to watch. But most of us can’t make the time to watch. How we use time is important since it’s the one resource we […]

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Want to improve data quality? Start by re-imagining your data boundaries.

Some years ago I was consulting in a large financial institution. I was brought in to help transfer the company from one financial classification scheme to a new scheme. The project manager assumed this was a three-month project. He was mistaken. Nearly six months into the project we realized this was […]

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Big data quality – Part 3

Big data poses some interesting challenges for disciplines such as data integration and data governance, but this blog series addresses some of the most common questions big data raises related to data quality. What’s the meta with big data? Sometimes the best way to know what’s the matter with your data quality is to ask: What’s the […]

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Big data quality – Part 2

Big data poses some interesting challenges for disciplines such as data integration and data governance, but this blog series addresses some of the most common questions big data raises related to data quality. How much quality does big data need? Perspectives about data quality have always been relative and variable. Data quality is relative to a particular business […]

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