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Richard's Blog (4)

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…

Added by Richard on February 13, 2013 at 2:30pm — 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:


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

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…

Added by Richard on December 16, 2012 at 4:31am — 1 Comment

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