Tag "Data Governance"

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

5 things Business Execs Need to Know About Data

Whether you’re a CFO, CMO, Head of Sales, Risk, Compliance, Human Resources, having the right data in your business applications is critical for success.  Unfortunately, most business executives are often shielded from what really goes on under the cover, where all that data comes from, how it gets transformed, cleansed, and delivered into your CRM,... more

Guiding Your Way to Master Data Management Nirvana

Achieving and maintaining a single, semantically consistent version of master data is crucial for every organization. As many companies are moving from an account or product-centric approach to a customer-centric model, master data management is becoming an important part of their enterprise data management strategy. MDM provides the clean, consistent and connected information your organizations... more

A Date with Data

As Valentine’s Day approaches and retailers & restaurants prepare to sell millions of cards, teddy bears, bottles of champagne and for the lucky few, some expensive jewels, I started to think about my love affair with data and the many ups and downs we had over the years! Our first date together was arranged by a third... more

Garbage In, Garbage Out? Don’t Take Data for Granted in Analytics Initiatives!

The verdict is in. Data is now broadly perceived as a source of competitive advantage. We all feel the heat to deliver good data. It is no wonder organizations view Analytics initiatives as highly strategic. But the big question is, can you really trust your data? Or are you just creating pretty visualizations on top... more

Is Your Data Ready to Maximize Value from Your CRM Investments?

A friend of mine recently reached out to me about some advice on CRM solutions in the market.  Though I have not worked for a CRM vendor, I’ve had both direct experience working for companies that implemented such solutions to my current role interacting with large and small organizations regarding their data requirements to support... more

The 3 Little Architects and the Big Bad Mr. Wolf – A Data Parody for today’s Financial Industry

Once upon a time, there were 3 Information Architects working in the financial services industry, each with different firms and backgrounds but all responsible for recommending the right technology solutions to help their firms comply with industry regulations including ongoing bank stress testing across the globe.  Since 2008, bank regulators have been focused on measuring... more

Achieving Great Data in the Oil and Gas Industry

Have you noticed something different this winter season that most people are cheery about?  I’ll give you a hint. It’s not the great sales going on at your local shopping mall but something that helps you get to the mall allot more affordable then last year. It’s the extremely low gas prices across the globe,... more

Highlights of a Data Quality Love Fest – IDQ Summit 2014

Over 100 hardcore data quality professionals gathered at IDQ Summit 2014, held in Richmond, Virginia from 10/6 – 10/9. The agenda was fully packed. Over 40 sessions were launched during the two-day main conference period. In addition, there were two full-day of tutorials being held before and after the conference, covering topics from data quality... more