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Providing Zero Wait Information does not always mean real-time

Choosing the Right Data Movement to minimize wait

We all want a zero wait infrastructure. This has spurred many organization to push all data through real-time infrastructure. Unfortunately I’ve seen the mistaken point of view that real-time is the “modern” solution and batch is the “old way”. But both batch and real time processing are very old they both exist for a reason. It is important to determine the nature…

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Added by Jeff on October 14, 2014 at 10:20am — No Comments

How much does your data weigh? Business Improvement via Data Metrics

Measurement can be key to improving data.  But, there are too many potential measures when it comes to data.  Every column, every row, every table, every relationship can be measured.  And that does not even get into the possibilities of metadata or data quality.  With all these…

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Added by Jeff on September 11, 2014 at 12:35pm — No Comments

Over 2/3 of the Product Pages at Major eCommerce Sites Have Faulty Data

Clavis Technology recently conducted a study showing significant problems with the integrity of product information available on 17 of the largest online consumer goods stores in North America. The study found that over two-thirds of the product pages evaluated suffered from significant gaps in the quality of product information.

When choosing a product in a traditional store a consumer can pick it up and read the packaging before making a choice; but in the online domain they rely…

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Added by Leah on September 17, 2013 at 6:30am — No Comments

Data Lineage and Horse Meat - A Cautionary Tale (Musings of a Data Geek)

Recently, laboratories in Ireland discovered that some of their processed beef contained horse meat. The public were outraged, and the Food Standards Agency insisted that all retail sold processed beef in the UK was DNA tested for horse meat. Some high profile branded processed beef products have been found to contain 100% horse meat. 
Now the general public are very concerned that they have been eating food that could…
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Added by Richard on February 13, 2013 at 2:30pm — No Comments

The Hawthorne Effect, Helter Skelter, and Data Governance by Jim Harris

In his book The Half-life of Facts: Why Everything We Know Has an Expiration Date, Samuel Arbesman introduced me to the Hawthorne Effect, which is “when subjects behave differently if they know they are being studied. The effect was named after what happened in a factory called Hawthorne Works outside Chicago…

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Added by GovernYourData on February 12, 2013 at 10:00am — No Comments

Programmer Bob by Julie Lockner

Verizon recently blogged about one of its clients who caught an employee outsourcing his software development day job to China. While sitting at his computer working a normal day, he paid someone else to log into his computer using his physical RSA token which he FeExed to the contractor in Shenyang. He would spend the day surfing the internet while…

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Added by GovernYourData on February 8, 2013 at 11:00am — No Comments

BI Centralisation - The Governance Challenges by Richard Northwood - Musings of a Data Geek

Many organisations are looking to build Business Intelligence competency centres, by pooling resources, systems and processes into one area. This has many advantages. But you may encounter some fierce opposition to your plans. Here are the top reasons why people will oppose your plans:



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Added by Richard on February 3, 2013 at 1:00pm — 2 Comments

Logitech MDM Case Study: Live Questions, Answers and Attendee Poll Results

Last week, I posted this blog:  Logitech MDM Case Study: Seven Lessons for Mastering Product and Customer Data (Part I of II) which shares highlights from recent webinar. Logitech’s Severin Stoll, Senior Business Engagement Manager of Global IT Solutions spoke with David Decloux, MDM technical lead in EMEA about Logitech’s…

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Added by Jakki Geiger on January 17, 2013 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Data Quality and Anton’s Syndrome by Jim Harris of OCDQ Blog

In his book Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain, David Eagleman discussed aspects of a bizarre, and rare, brain disorder called Anton’s Syndrome in which a stroke renders a person blind — but the person denies their blindness.

“Those with Anton’s Syndrome truly believe they…

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Added by GovernYourData on January 8, 2013 at 10:00am — No Comments

Joining data - an ethical question

As the olympics drew to a close, the business of collating and analysing the data began in earnest. Take for instance the medal table. There has already been some interesting statistics emerging.
When you looked at the normal medal table, ordered by medal count, you see the usuals at the top - China, USA etc. But when you cross-reference the medal volumes against each country's population size, you get a very different view. As a measure of medals per capita, New Zealand are top…
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Added by Richard on December 28, 2012 at 6:21pm — No Comments

Managing the mavericks

Centralising specialist functions within a large organisation is generally the best way of ensuring that operations are run in a consistent and professional manner. For IT related functions, this is vital. Departments that are entirely focused on non-data goals like sales, manufacturing or customer services may easily become disillusioned by the IT department and what they see as excessive time, cost and red tape. This gives rise to a phenomenon I have named "the data…
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Added by Richard on December 16, 2012 at 4:31am — 1 Comment

How to Map Data Governance Policies to Business Processes by Sunil Soares

Business process management and data governance are beginning to converge. Data governance practitioners need to take advantage of this trend for the following reasons:

  • Address data at the source – Data stewards can use data profiling tools and data quality scorecards to uncover issues with the underlying data.…
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Added by GovernYourData on November 30, 2012 at 5:00am — No Comments

Breaking through the Cassandra Complex by Richard North (Musings of a Data Geek)

So we all know about the Cassandra Complex from a previous post? Take time to read it. Done that? Good! So here is part two - getting your colleagues to believe in what you are saying, and act on your…

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Added by GovernYourData on November 17, 2012 at 10:30am — No Comments

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