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A Common Explaining Language Leads to Understanding


“I can explain it to you, but I can’t understand it for you.” A good friend of mine recently alienated the person that pays his salary with the above statement. While you might question his wisdom – I know I did (after a quiet chuckle) – I’m reminded of how often the same thought has […]

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MDM Architecture Styles – Do you have the right mix?


What is the right MDM architecture style for your organization? It’s definitely an open-ended question that deserves an informed answer, especially before making new investment decisions. But before tackling the question, it is useful to define and understand the MDM styles themselves. Dr. Dave Waddington of The Information Difference defined four broad styles in an […]

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Single Versions of the Truths


Good Data + Bad Process = Unpredictable Results, Bad Data + Good Process = Unpredictable Results

I just finished reading a blog by Forrester’s Connie Moore, “Do You Have a Single Version of Process?” on the Information Management website.  Having lived parts of my career in both the Business Process Management and Data Management worlds, I couldn’t agree with her more!  This piece helps to bring us back to earth regarding […]

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Seven Data Words You Can’t Say…..


Don't let Big Data become one of them

I was always a big fan of the late George Carlin.  There was a time when I could recite the entire “Class Clown” album during lunchtime at school (like George, I always saved my best stuff for lunchtime).   Of course, the crown jewel was the infamous “7 Dirty Words You Can’t Say on Television”.  It […]

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Who owns YOUR data?


Implementing an effective Master Data Governance solution can be tough…you have to deal with corporate culture, getting management support, formulation policies, implementing rules and much more. However, a less commonly addressed question is: “Who will own the governed data?” In the days before central data processing the business was totally responsible for its own information […]

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