MDM for Utilities: Data Revives a 100 Year-Old Business Model

In both Europe and North America, there’s something profoundly different about today’s Utility Bill. Today’s bill goes well beyond the amount of money you owe for service that month. Today your Utility Bill is full of DATA. Perhaps it contains baseline analytics around usage and temperature, over a twelve month span. Perhaps it contains additional... more

Customer Centric Financial Services

The business of financial services is transforming before our eyes. Traditional banking and insurance products have become commoditized. As each day passes, consumers demand increasingly personalized products and services. Social and mobile channels continue to overthrow traditional communication methods. To survive and grow in this complex environment, financial institutions must do three things: Attract and... more

Holistic Data Stewardship

Nine years ago when I started in the data integration and quality space, data quality was all about algorithms and cleansing technology.  Data went in, and the “best” solution was the one that could do the best job of fuzzy matching the data and cleaning more data than the other products.  Of course, not data... more

Business Agility Depends on Data Integration Agility and Your Skills

Over the last 40 years, data has become increasingly distributed.  It used to all sit on storage connected to a mainframe.  It used to be that the application of computing power to solve business problems was limited by the availability of CPU, memory, network and disk.  Those limitations are no longer big inhibitors.  Data fragmentation... more

Murphy’s First Law of Bad Data – If You Make A Small Change Without Involving Your Client – You Will Waste Heaps Of Money

I have not used my personal encounter with bad data management for over a year but a couple of weeks ago I was compelled to revive it.  Why you ask? Well, a complete stranger started to receive one of my friend’s text messages – including mine – and it took days for him to detect... more

Baseline Data Governance With Peer Benchmarking

I’m excited to share that, since its launch in January 2013, the GovernYourData.com community has been very well received. With over 4,700 unique visitors and nearing 600 registered members, many data management practitioners recognize it as a valuable go-to resource to support their data governance efforts.  While maintaining our core objective of vendor- and product-neutrality,... more