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An event based log about a service offering
As expected, customer data quality remains at the top of list with regard to having the most issues. Ironically, this domain has been at the forefront of the data quality industry since its inception.
One reason for the proliferation of concerns about customer data quality could be its direct link to revenue generation.
Whatever the reason, this poll seems to indicate that services built around the improvement of customer data quality will be well founded.
Once again there are no surprises when looking at what data improvements are desired. Data owners seem to be interested in a centralized, synchronized, single view of their data, most notably customer.
The good news that can be gathered from these polls is that as an industry, data quality is focused on the right data and the right functionality. Most data quality solutions are built around the various aspects of customer data quality and ways to improve it so there is a master managed, single version of a customer. The bad news is we’ve had that focus for quite some time and data owners are still concerned.
In my opinion, this is due to the nature of customer data. Customer data is at the core of every business. It is constantly changing both in definition and scope, it is continuously used in new and complex ways, and it is the most valuable asset that an organization manages.
One thing not openly reflected in these polls is that it is likely that the same issues and concerns that are present in the customer domain are also present in the employee and contact domains. However, they tend not to “bubble up” to the top of list due to lack of linkage to revenue and profit.
I’d encourage comments and feedback on this post. If we all weigh in on topics like this, we can all learn something valuable. Please let me know your thoughts on the poll results, my interpretation of the results and opinions.
Recently a reader asked me if I had any posts on “data quality basics”. Turns out, I didn’t. So I’ve decided to put together a series of posts that covers what I feel are the basic essentials to a data quality program.
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It is generally accepted in the data quality world that there are seven categories by which data quality can be analyzed. These include the following:
I’ve been in the clouds lately, in more ways than one. I’ve been on the road performing another data quality assessment on an island in the Pacific. This translates into the fact that I’m gaining status on multiple airlines and becoming increasingly appreciative of noise canceling technologies.
I’m also gaining an appreciation for another technology, cloud based data quality solutions! I am leveraging Informatica’s latest data quality platform, IDQ v9. IDQ v9 brings to mind a favorite 80’s commercial of mine where peanut butter and chocolate are combined into one tasty treat! For sure there is a little PowerCenter in your Data Quality and a little Data Quality in your PowerCenter …
I won’t try to cover the upgrade in one post, but rather just wet your appetite on what’s inside the wrapper. We can binge on the details in the coming months. For now let me just highlight what I feel are the most significant enhancements of v9.
As I mentioned, I’ll dive deeper when I’m not in the middle seat of row 42 somewhere over the Pacific. For now my big take-aways are the time-saving features that are almost everywhere and the integration with PowerCenter takes data quality integration to the next level.
No more afternoons installing client and scripting repositories. No more SQL development to valid and analyze results. No more TCL script (I love that!). No more SQL consolidation nightmares!
As for a learning curve on the new look and feel? It took me a few hours, of which most were productive hours I was able to leverage into real work. Hopefully I can translate what I’ve learned and cut your learning curve down with posts in the coming months. For now, the drink cart is coming my way and I’ve got cash handy!
Check back next month when I go over how I was able to deliver more analysis in a shorter time frame and look good doing it!