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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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Dear Data Scientist: Your Data Warehouse Is Blurring Your Vision


Look at the blurry image. If I gave you until the end of the day, could you tell me what it is? The patterns in the data tell you that “something” is there, but what? Iteratively increasing the pixels in the field of interest—resolution–brings those patterns into focus. Each iteration makes it clearer. Sharpening business […]

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But the wise man don’t know how it feels…


..To be Thick as a Brick

Who am I to let a good theme die?  Kudos to Jim Harris for his excellent follow up on his “Brickyard Chaos” blog with an even more insightful “Another Brick in the Wall” blog ( I love the Pink Floyd reference).  Truth be told, I’m a bigger classic rock fan than I am a NASCAR […]

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Data Quality & User Overrides: Shut Up and Take My Money!

Data Quality & User Overrides: Shut Up and Take My Money!


Last Tuesday a data quality vendor put out a blog post “Companies need to be educated on data quality“ that essentially said that companies need to be educated in data management.   While one of the surveys mentioned focused on financial services organizations, I think the same can be said of many industries, and you certainly don’t need […]

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The Balance of Terror: Modeling Balances as Transaction Data or Reference Data?


When recently pondering how balance data should be modeled, I was reminded of my favorite Star Trek episode, The Balance of Terror. Those sneaky Romulans had crossed the neutral zone and were destroying Federation outposts. Naturally, only the Enterprise was close enough to intervene. The Enterprise was faster than the Romulan ship and agile enough […]

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