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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


In this chapter, I began to explore how bad data can impact an organization and the people who work within it. I started to explain how organizations unintentionally reach an unfavorable position in terms of data quality. I hope that these topics resonate with you and help you understand how your organization got to this point and what barriers it might be experiencing to its current and future success.

Chapter 2 will outline the key concepts which need to be understood about data quality prior to embarking on improving it. It will also outline the book's approach to managing data quality. This is used to structure much of the rest of the book - with each chapter representing a part of the approach.