How to Tame Big Bad Data

One of my kids’ favorite books is the Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig, which upends the classic tale of the three little pigs and the big bad wolf. There’re good lessons in it relevant to data management. Read more

New Survey Shows Urgent Need for Data Governance Technology

Information Difference just published a new study based on a survey exploring the links between data governance, master data management (MDM) and data quality. While it’s full of insights, I’m particularly struck by how urgently companies are expressing the need for data governance technology. Read more

Data Governance is a Prerequisite for Effective MDM and Data Quality

Dave Waddington is senior vice president and co-founder of The Information Difference, an analyst firm specializing in data quality, master data management (MDM) and data governance. He is a recognized authority and practitioner in the field of data management and has advised both vendors and corporations on data management strategy and architecture. Read more

Don’t Get Caught in Data Governance Traps

I sat down to write a piece on one of the more serious and pressing topics around data governance – the challenges of adoption and organizational resistance to change.  When I did so, I got very serious and began to choose my words very carefully and solicited the feedback from several others to make sure that I got it my message right.  After several iterations, I barely recognized the piece.  Then it hit me!  I got caught in the trap.  I was chasing “quality for the sake of quality” and did not take into account the proper context and the desired outcome of the process.  How could I have made such a rookie mistake? Read more

Make your data warehouse built to last

When you hear something is built to last, what do you think? You might think of it as sturdy, solid and holds up to wear and tear. Those are great attributes for a building or a truck. But are those the attributes you want to think about when you want a data warehouse that is built to last? Read more

Isn’t IT a Part of “the Business”?

In technology circles, we hear the term “the business” a lot as a way to make the distinction between business and IT. This is peculiar. Sure, IT is often a cost center playing a supporting role for the frontline functions. But Finance is a cost center, too. Is Finance really “the business”? How about Human Resources? We don’t hear HR people talk about business versus HR, do we? It appears that to IT, anything outside of IT is “the business”! Read more

Build it fast – Automate for speed

In thinking about the concept of agility in data warehousing, I got to wondering if it is possible to achieve agility and flexibility if it can’t be done quickly. I previously posted about building it right, but what about building it fast? Read more

Data Governance: Necessity or Nicety?

Since we announced Kalido Data Governance Director in June, we’ve seen a flurry of inbound activity. I tweeted this morning that our Lighthouse program is now oversubscribed, and could grow to as many as 20 companies this year.  We are also receiving an unprecedented number of calls from systems integrators wanting to know more and get involved as we prepare the product for the market. Read more