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Building A Business Case For Data Quality: Overview

Building A Business Case For Data Quality, 2 of a 7-part series

When building a business case for a data quality initiative, you can either build a case from the top down or from the bottom up. From the top down, you’ll be working with corporate executives who have already identified a problem that is most likely caused by a data issue. Some examples are:

  • Fines for violating the do-not-call list
  • A large number of mailings failing to reach intended recipients
  • Failure to receive volume discounts from vendors because there are multiple item numbers for the same item
  • An increase in the average talk time in the call center because agents are spending too much time correcting the data in the system

Building a business case from the top down is the most efficient way of doing so, but unfortunately, it is rare that metrics such as the ones above are clearly defined. Instead, you often need to build the business case from the bottom up. This approach will be the focus of this series of Blogs.  The bottom-up approach starts with looking at the data first. Here you need to profile the data with an automated profiling tool, such as Informatica Data Explorer, or you can ask Informatica to assist you with a Data Quality Assessment or Business Value Assessment (which is actually a hybrid of the two approaches) service to get you started. Profiling your data can reveal its content, quality, and structure with minimal effort. (more…)

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Shortening Development Times Through Lean Integration

Published with permission from Toolbox for IT. The original post, “Shortening Development Times through Lean Integration” by Leigh Dow can be found here.

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The Director’s Cut:

Shortening Development Times through Lean Integration

by Leigh Dow Director, Toolbox for IT

Spend a few minutes with David Lyle, Informatica’s VP of Product Strategy and you will learn three things. David is passionate about his work, he’s proud of the products they have created and he enjoys meeting with user groups. The Informatica team has developed software by not only listening to what their customers say they need, but maybe even more importantly observing what challenges their customers are trying to tackle through software implementations. The result? Embracing “Lean Integration”, a management system emphasizing continuous improvements and the elimination of waste in end-to-end data integration and process integration activities. (more…)

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