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Practical Data Quality

By : Robert Hawker
Book Image

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


In this final chapter, we have highlighted the best practices that, if followed, will lead to the best possible outcome for your data quality initiatives. We also identified the most common mistakes made in data quality initiatives. If these mistakes are not avoided, initiatives may not achieve their objectives as fully as they might have done.

We also considered the impact of LLMs on data quality work – which I expect to be transformative in the next few years.

Data quality has been a passion for me over the last 16 years, and I have seen concerted and well-supported initiatives truly transform the ability of organizations to achieve their strategic goals. I’ve put everything I have learned into this book in the hope that it helps others get their initiative right the first time. I wish anyone starting an initiative after reading this book every success!