Why Clean Data is An Asset

In the early days of data management (let’s say the 1990s-2000s. A lifetime ago – if you’re a millennial!) data quality was a cog in IT’s gears to support each incremental and ultimately disappointing attempt to get the business to start embracing that massive data warehouse investment.   Data quality was a tool, but not yet... more

Big Data, So Mom Can Understand

Republished, by popular demand Dear Mom, I’m glad to hear you feel comfortable explaining data to your friends, and I completely understand why you’ll avoid discussing metadata with them. You’re in great company – most business leaders also avoid discussing metadata at all costs! You mentioned during our last call that you keep reading articles... more

Master Data Management Can Turn You into a Hero

I attended Master Data Management and Data Governance Summit in San Francisco last week. The two day event had as many as 20 sessions covering broadest and deepest practical advice on both MDM and Data Governance initiatives. Among many great sessions, one of my favorite sessions was from Anthony Vitale on overcoming the pitfalls for... more

Are you Ready for a Merger or Acquisition?

According to FACTSET’s June 2015 report, U.S. M&A deal activity decreased in May, going down 6.3% with 903 announcements compared to 964 in April.  However, aggregate M&A spending is increasing and on the rise.  Over the past 3 months, the sectors that have seen the biggest increases in M&A deal activity, relative to the same... more

Combating Healthcare Insurance Fraud with Great Data

The Washington Post reported this month that government officials arrested 243 medical insurance fraudsters who stole $712 million in false billings to Medicare in the largest crackdown on healthcare fraud ever. Insurance claims fraud continues to burden the pocketbooks of the average consumer in today’s healthcare industry. According to a study by CIC insurance on... more

It’s 2015: When Will You Have a 360-Degree Customer View?

Customer-ready companies power great experiences with 360-degree customer views According to a recent Gartner report[i], “business demand is still growing for the 360-degree view of the customer, driven in large part by desire to improve the customer experience.” When I was a frequent flyer marketer at a national airline in the 1990s, our 360-degree customer... more