July 18, 2018

Everything about business-driven analytics for data at any level from reference data to master data up to BIG DATA has key dependencies on the user understanding both the strategy for how the data was intended to be used and how the quality is automatically or manually...

January 25, 2018

Music provides us great metaphors explaining “Why documenting the standards that run your business is critical”.

In a symphony, the conductor knows what everyone is supposed to be doing at any point. Whether it’s the 3rd violin, the 1st trumpet, or the soloist, he can m...

January 16, 2017

Why are creating and managing data standards important?

March 15, 2015

Ask yourself:

Have you ever had to quickly lay your hands on the precise business rule for an unfamiliar field in the master data in order to plan for additional use?

Have you ever needed to write a quality check query, or to merge data from an incoming acquisition? Wh...

January 22, 2015

The last few blogs dwelled on the importance of documenting standards from an overall knowledge management point of view. The last three covered how it’s better to pace yourself to develop high quality standards vs. an intense project, why documenting is important from...

November 17, 2014

My last blog discussed the need to look at the corporate knowledge around master data in three main levels and why they are documented as a hierarchy of knowledge:

1. The bottom layer is most granular level for documentation. It is for the very specific controls or rule...

September 9, 2014

Policies, Standards and Controls: 

A hierarchy of information for Master Data Knowledge Management

While your company may use different words to describe each of these layers, in one way or another you are probably thinking about your data accuracy management in a hierar...

April 20, 2013

Why is governance such a confusing word?

It is interesting how many different definitions I have heard for the word “governance” when used in the context of governing Master Data.

It is not that any of the definitions are inappropriate but they may be incomplete. When a...

June 21, 2012

Now that the new version of the ASUG Data Quality Taxonomy has been published I thought it might be a good idea to review some of the ways the taxonomy is being used and potentially can be used as more companies implement this open source taxonomy.

What is it? 

The ASU...

May 7, 2012

No one ever over estimates the amount of data work required to integrate a new acquisition.

Its one thing when an entire company is being purchased, but today as companies optimize their product lines it is often a single division or even a business that’s being sold an...

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