In my previous blog I explored the importance of a firm understanding of commercial packaged applications on data quality success. In this final post, I will examine the benefits of having operational experience as a key enabler of effective data quality delivery. (more…)
In my last blog post I discussed why an understanding of corporate financial concepts is so important to data quality success. In this blog, I will examine knowledge of commercial enterprise applications as a key enabler of effective data quality delivery.
Packaged applications for ERP, CRM, MRP, HCM, etc. were first introduced decades ago to provide tightly integrated business management functions, standardized processes and streamlined transaction processing. While one can argue whether or not these applications have lived up to all of the hyperbole, the reality is that they have been successful and are here to stay. As these backbone systems continued to evolve and mature, lessons learned from thousands of implementations were incorporated into the model solutions as best practices. These best practices spawned industry standard processes and specialized variants were born (e.g. vertical systems solutions). With the widespread adoption of these solutions, the days of custom building an application to meet the business’s needs have largely disappeared (although exceptions do persist to support specialized needs). (more…)
In my previous post I discussed effective stakeholder management and communications as a key enabler of successful data quality delivery. In this blog, I will discuss the importance of demonstrated project management fundamentals.
Large-scale, complex enterprise Data Quality and Data Management efforts are characterized by numerous activities and tasks being performed iteratively by multiple resources, across multiple work streams, with high volume units of work (i.e. dozens of source systems and data objects, hundreds of tables, thousands of data elements, hundreds of thousands of data defects and millions of records). Without the means to effectively define, plan and manage these efforts, success is nearly impossible. (more…)
In my first post I introduced the concepts of hard skills and soft skills in the context of data quality delivery, and I identified 5 soft skills that I think are highly critical to data quality delivery success, and which are typically underestimated; stakeholder management and communications, financial management, project management, commercial applications and operations. In this blog, I will discuss effective stakeholder management and communications as a key enabler of successful data quality delivery. (more…)
I regularly receive questions regarding the types of skills data quality analysts should have in order to be effective. In my experience, regardless of scope, high performing data quality analysts need to possess a well-rounded, balanced skill set – one that marries technical “know how” and aptitude with a solid business understanding and acumen. But, far too often, it seems that undue importance is placed on what I call the data quality “hard skills”, which include; a firm grasp of database concepts, hands on data analysis experience using standard analytical tool sets, expertise with commercial data quality technologies, knowledge of data management best practices and an understanding of the software development life cycle. (more…)
I’m sure it’s no surprise to anyone, but there is much talk in the industry today regarding “data” and the management or control of it. To that end, commonly used terms such as Master Data Management (MDM) and Data Governance are sometimes used interchangeably and other times have wildly different definitions and applications. Whether or not the industry should or should not standardize on common terms and definitions is another subject altogether – and one that won’t be resolved any time soon. But, regardless of what it’s called the enterprise’s desire to better manage and control data is a hot topic, and deservedly so. But where does that leave Data Quality? (more…)
We’re all well aware of the importance of high quality customer data and, perhaps more importantly, the impacts of poor customer data. This heightened awareness is due to many factors, but the main reason is simple, customer data quality resonates with all of us because we can easily relate to it. Why? Because, all of us are “customers” in our daily interactions as consumers – online banking, grocery shopping, Friday night dining out – so we intuitively understand the customer role. In addition, industry white papers, testimonials and Webinars frequently position data quality from a customer perspective. But there’s much more to business than CRM and continuing to “plow that field” may be at the expense of another business area whose problem warrants our attention. (more…)
A few weeks ago, I was privy to a very active blog topic regarding CxOs and why they don’t “get” Data Quality and its value proposition. It attracted dozens of responses from a multitude of perspectives. Much of the dialogue was in regard to getting senior leadership’s initial buy-in and support but it got me thinking… even if you are fortunate enough to get the go ahead, how do you take this one opportunity and parlay it into a string of opportunities? (more…)