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Practical Data Quality

By : Robert Hawker
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Practical Data Quality

By: Robert Hawker

Overview of this book

Poor data quality can lead to increased costs, hinder revenue growth, compromise decision-making, and introduce risk into organizations. This leads to employees, customers, and suppliers finding every interaction with the organization frustrating. Practical Data Quality provides a comprehensive view of managing data quality within your organization, covering everything from business cases through to embedding improvements that you make to the organization permanently. Each chapter explains a key element of data quality management, from linking strategy and data together to profiling and designing business rules which reveal bad data. The book outlines a suite of tried-and-tested reports that highlight bad data and allow you to develop a plan to make corrections. Throughout the book, you’ll work with real-world examples and utilize re-usable templates to accelerate your initiatives. By the end of this book, you’ll have gained a clear understanding of every stage of a data quality initiative and be able to drive tangible results for your organization at pace.
Table of Contents (16 chapters)
Part 1 – Getting Started
Part 2 – Understanding and Monitoring the Data That Matters
Part 3 – Improving Data Quality for the Long Term

Transitioning to day-to-day remediation

Sometimes, organizations that have just completed their first data quality initiative lack the building blocks required to make remediation part of their employees’ day-to-day responsibilities. When the intensive project-based remediation ends, there is no mechanism to “pick up the baton” and continue. As described in Chapter 8, often, it is not practical to complete all the data correction required against a particular rule, so some proportion of the work remains. The hope is that the amount of work remaining is small enough (or of a reduced urgency) so that a business-as-usual team could manage it.

This section is about how the work should be transitioned from a project phase into business as usual and what mechanisms and building blocks must be set up to accommodate this. The starting point is to outline what is required for success and how this might be put in place.

Requirements for success

For a team to be...