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Data Resource / Asset

Started this discussion. Last reply by John Mar 2, 2013. 4 Replies

I have seen a number of Data Management approaches that identify data as being an asset. Recently, I have come to think that data is also a resource, as it can be exploited in many ways.How do you…Continue

Responsibility and Accountability

Started this discussion. Last reply by Richard Mar 2, 2013. 6 Replies

When putting together a governance framework, in my view, one of the key things to implement should be a RACI model. This ensures that when things go wrong with the data, the correct people are held…Continue

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

Posted on February 13, 2013 at 2:30pm 0 Comments

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…

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

Posted on February 3, 2013 at 1:00pm 2 Comments

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:


Joining data - an ethical question

Posted on December 28, 2012 at 6:21pm 0 Comments

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…

Managing the mavericks

Posted on December 16, 2012 at 4:31am 1 Comment

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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