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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


Data quality business cases are a very challenging area – and as many initiatives will fail at this stage as those that will succeed.

This chapter gave a clear message: that it is critical to be well-prepared. It is typically really important to share that preparation with the members of an approval board in advance. As mentioned previously, data quality business cases often differ significantly from what people are accustomed to seeing, and at first glance, they may not seem as competitive as others.

If you can explain one-on-one (or in small groups), you often have the chance to answer challenging questions before the decision-making session and get stakeholders to give a fair hearing to your initiative.

A lot of effort will go into the process of getting the approval that you need. As soon as that approval is given, the initiative will begin. Sometimes people spend so much energy in the preparation of the business case that they are not ready to start the...