An expert who manages two online data communities of his own, Dylan is well-versed in writing about technology challenges – and how to overcome them.
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Jun 14, 2013 by Dylan Jones
Are you embarking on a data migration in the near future? If so, there is one nagging question that will loom across every stage leading up to the final moment of truth as your data finally lands in the target system:
“Will the migrated data be able to support our business functions post-migration?”
Jun 07, 2013 by Dylan Jones
Do you want to know what one of the single largest causes of bad data is?
Irrelevant data has no value or place within your business, yet for many reasons it is still being maintained (badly).
May 31, 2013 by Dylan Jones
Companies across the globe perceive bad data quality as a negative. We use terms like “cleansing” and “defect removal” to describe some of the core activities involved when improving data quality.
The problem is that many people don’t stop to ask, “How did our data get into this state? What is this poor quality data telling me about the people, processes and technologies that helped create it?”
May 24, 2013 by Dylan Jones
According to surveys within the IAIDQ group on LinkedIn, most data quality practitioners consider accuracy to be the most important data quality dimension.
This makes sense, of course, but because true accuracy is often difficult to measure (unless we have a verifiable reference source), accuracy is often, ironically, one of the dimensions that we measure far less than completeness or consistency.
May 10, 2013 by Dylan Jones
Most businesses obsess over their sales performances. Nowhere is this taken to more extremes than the retail sector. They increasingly employ ever more sophisticated means to track, cajole, entice, motivate and understand their consumer purchasing behaviour.
May 03, 2013 by Dylan Jones
Although I do far less on-the-ground consulting than I used to, I still occasionally get to sample the delights of walking into an organisation, performing a data quality assessment and watching the occasional jaw hit the table when the client sees the actual state of their data.
Apr 26, 2013 by Dylan Jones
When we design systems, there is always a desire to build something that will support the business for some considerable time. A lot of banks, for example, still run on mainframe systems that have banking software that goes back literally decades.
Apr 19, 2013 by Dylan Jones
How do you become a better data quality professional? I get asked this question a lot and it’s often by those who are looking to learn new skills in technology, tactics and methodologies for data quality.
Apr 12, 2013 by Dylan Jones
Business leaders and managers at all levels within an organisation make hundreds of important decisions throughout the year and nearly all of them are driven by data.