What’s the Root Cause of Bad Data?

Starting this week, I’ll be publishing a series of blogs on enterprise data governance. As always, I welcome your comments and feedback.

When it comes to data management, presentations and whitepapers all have a very consistent theme: Data is important, and we need to do something about it. The vendor landscape changed. Technology fashion changed. But the message remains the same, almost as if nobody is aware of the problem or has done anything about it. Read more

Willy Wonka and the Data Factory

Over the weekend, my 5th grader and about 80 of his classmates performed a brilliant rendition of “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory”. Most know this as a childhood fable of a humble child given the opportunity of a lifetime by passing a series of character tests. Those failing the tests are prototypical examples of greed, avarice, sloth, etc- my guess is if they had tried to cover all seven deadly sins the movie would have been too long. Anyway, as Mike TeeVee was decomposed into a million bits by WonkaVision and sent over the airwaves to become the first kid transmitted by television, it struck me that this process has a direct correlation to how data is managed in the enterprise. Read more

High Speed Impact Ahead: Business Apps, MDM and Data Governance

I recently came across a use case that clearly demonstrates why business applications, MDM and data governance are on a collision course.  And, following my blog from last week, this is also where data and business process intersect. Read more

Measuring Data Assets — What is the true cost of bad data?

Recently, a business executive told me that they expect 20% of their customer data to be “bad” at any point in time, a cost of doing business, according to him. Like many business theories, most managers have come to accept certain myths as truth; that you can’t have growth and profitability, that employees are generally lazy, that competitors will act ethically to form a healthy market. Not only is bad data bad for business, it can be catastrophic. Read more

Data Governance is the Missing Link between Data and Business Process

In my career, which has spanned both sides of buying and selling IT, one thing hasn’t changed: Data people and business process people don’t talk to each other. Business process people assume that data simply exists and care little about how it is “managed”, while data people focus more on the bits and bytes stored in repositories than how the bits and bytes are created and consumed. With data and process sitting on different layers on enterprise architecture diagrams, the prevailing view is that everything will work as long as the interfaces are well defined. Read more