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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

Identifying the right people for your team

Just like any other initiative in the workplace, the success or failure of data quality work depends on the people on the team. It depends on their skills, knowledge, motivation, and their ability to work as a team. With the growth of the data governance discipline over the last 20 years, there are now many skilled individuals in the marketplace. The challenge is bringing people together who have the right mix of these skills and properly supporting and motivating them.

A data quality initiative usually has an enhanced team (in terms of size) for the implementation phase, which requires the entry of people into the organization. When the implementation phase settles into business as usual, members of the team who are employed on a contingent basis (either as contractors or consultants) usually leave, or move on to the next initiative. It is therefore key to ensure that the people who are brought into longer-term roles are given the appropriate...