Data Quality Management


How to Develop a Data Governance Policy

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Sep 2016

How to Develop a Data Governance Policy

Do you have a data governance policy for your association? In this post, we’ll discuss why data governance is important and what your policy should include. Why You Need a Data Governance Policy Data is an asset, just like cash, buildings, and people. Just like other assets, data requires strong, consistent management. When we neglect data, the results aren’t pretty – you get data quality issues,...

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21

Mar 2016

Why Your Data Needs a Clean Bill of Health

You’ve found the data you want to analyze and have brought it into a data mart. You know how to use visualization software to turn the data into informative pictures. You know the kind of things you want to find out from your data. Even so, you’re not quite ready to go forward with your analysis. Before you get started breaking your data down, you...

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May 2015

Let’s Spend Some Data Quality Time Together

Gartner estimates that poor data quality costs an average organization $13.5 million per year.  Drivers of these costs include lack of a common language for business information, independent data maintenance, and multiple versions of the truth. Associations face similar challenges as they work with data from multiple specialized systems, often including an AMS, event registration, survey management, social media, and email marketing applications.  Customer data...

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Jan 2015

How to Perform a Data Inventory for Associations

Sometimes when our clients begin a business intelligence initiative, they become more concerned about collecting new data to analyze, and focus less on the data that they already have. One reason this happens is that they don’t always know what data they do have. We often say that data is one of your association’s most valuable assets, and you want to treat it that way.  Just...

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13

Oct 2014

The Importance of Naming Conventions for Association Analytics

When designing a data mart it’s a good idea to follow a naming convention. Although this requires some thought in the design stage, it saves significant time when maintaining and enhancing the data mart with new data for analysis. Your current and future users will benefit and be in a position to use the data to deliver superior services to members and other stakeholders. Although...

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22

Sep 2014

Data Dilemma: How to Avoid the OK Corral of Data Policy at your Association

There is a long-running standoff between business users and IT over who owns the data.  Does the data belong to a central department who controls, enters and accesses data?  Or does data belong to everyone at your association and anyone can enter data?  This argument will move to the forefront as business intelligence (BI) comes to your association. Business intelligence is all about letting business...

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Aug 2014

Shed Light on Your Association’s Dark Data

Dark data?  That doesn’t sound good.  How can you determine if your association has any?  Start with Gartner’s definition of dark data, “the information assets organizations collect, process and store during regular business activities, but generally fail to use for other purposes.”  Your association undoubtedly has plenty, so how do you find the dark data with the most value and shed some light on it?...

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12

May 2014

Capturing History in your Association’s Data Warehouse

Now that your association realizes the importance of using data to make decisions, and has a firm grasp on your initial set of business questions, it’s time to plan how your data mart will be set up to support those initiatives. The data mart will likely be designed by your IT team or an experienced vendor, but it is still helpful for business users to...

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Apr 2014

Getting Started with Data Governance for Associations

Data governance is a cross-functional management activity that at its core recognizes data as an enterprise asset which is used to achieve strategic and operational goals. Data governance is also one of the most talked about, yet elusive, elements in the data management space.  We know that governance is mission-critical in achieving an association’s desired data management goals.  However, initializing and maintaining a successful data governance...

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Mar 2014

The Benefits of SQL Server 2014 for Your Association

Microsoft will be releasing SQL Server 2014 on April 1st and they will do so knowing that SQL Server is the most installed database in the world.  Additionally,  the amount of data being collected worldwide and waiting to be processed (or currently being processed) is growing tenfold every five years.  With such an enormous installation base, it is only a matter of time until customers...

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