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David Loshin

Welcome to my BeyeNETWORK Blog. This is going to be the place for us to exchange thoughts, ideas and opinions on all aspects of the information quality and data integration world. I intend this to be a forum for discussing changes in the industry, as well as how external forces influence the way we treat our information asset. The value of the blog will be greatly enhanced by your participation! I intend to introduce controversial topics here, and I fully expect that reader input will "spice it up." Here we will share ideas, vendor and client updates, problems, questions and, most importantly, your reactions. So keep coming back each week to see what is new on our Blog!

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David is the President of Knowledge Integrity, Inc., a consulting and development company focusing on customized information management solutions including information quality solutions consulting, information quality training and business rules solutions. Loshin is the author of The Practitioner's Guide to Data Quality Improvement, Master Data Management, Enterprise Knowledge Management: The Data Quality Approachand Business Intelligence: The Savvy Manager's Guide. He is a frequent speaker on maximizing the value of information. David can be reached at loshin@knowledge-integrity.com or at (301) 754-6350.

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Recently in Big things that float Category

I was scanning the news this morning, and came across a few interesting notes regarding impending acquisitions of master data management vendors:


IBM to buy Initiate Systems? Also, some sources mentioned an all-hands meeting scheduled for next week.


Informatica to buy Siperian? Also, a source commented to me that a senior staff member at Siperian who was there for 7 years has moved on to a new role at another company.

Posted January 28, 2010 8:08 AM
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This Forbes interview of Chevron CIO Denise Coyne suggests that a 2010 focus for the oil and gas giant is data quality, although the code words employed scream Master Data Management:

"... we're going to create a pilot enterprise project to consolidate all of that information in one place."

"We have lots of data about people in one organization, another database about people in another organization. Consolidating that information to have one source of the truth, to be able to make faster, more competitive decisions more quickly, is a really important focus in 2010."

It is great that Denise Coyne has recognized the potential business value of improved data quality. 

I do hope that this sentiment is not being driven by vendors/consultants pushing the purchase of a product (first) and a long implementation (second) followed by a realization that data requirements gathering is a necessity (third) and then a need for data governance practices (last, but really should be first)

As the CIO, she, of all people, should be aware of the potential complexity of migrating a federated, distributed organization with many organically-developed business applications (and probably thousands, if not tens of thousands of desktop data assets such as spreadsheets and databases) into "one source of truth." The "truth" is that it is highly unlikely that there is one source of truth. Rather, a reasonable focus on data governance and master data management would begin with understanding what business decisions are dependent on consolidated data, who in the organization is hampered by delays in serving reports based on consolidated data, and what steps can be taken to alleviate the negative business impacts. We have seen a number of initiatives focused on "single source of truth" evolve into data governance and data quality management programs when the delivery on the promises of the MDM tool vendors are impeded by the inability to simultaneously transform the organization via good information management practices.

Best of luck!

Meanwhile, my book on Master Data Management is now (Jan 20) on sale at 51% off the cover price, and I hope someone at Chevron buys one for Denise Coyne!

Posted January 21, 2010 7:01 AM
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I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving weekend, and are ready to get back to work for the home stretch of the year. I had an interesting experience last Wednesday - my daughter came hoem from school and mentioned that her science teacher had emailed the class letting them know that presuming that the weather was clear, one could view the international space station followed by the undocked space shuttle atlantis cross the sky.

At 6:11 PM EST on Wednesday, I went outside with the kids and we stood out there with our heads looking almost straight up into the (somewhat cloudy) sky. The little ones kept pointing at airplanes, but all of a sudden we saw two bright objects appear, one following the other, sail across the WNW sky, then duck behind some clouds and disappear.

As a kid, I used to excitedly watch the launchings of the Apollo mission Saturn rockets, wondering whether the astronauts would reach their destination or even return alive. But with the multitude of space junk orbiting the earth, and with limited exposure to how incredible it really is to get big things off the ground and floating around the planet, today's children are somewhat immune to the wonder of space flight. Yet it is amazing that my daughter's science teacher can reintroduce that wonder by giving us the chance to experience it first hand, in our own front yeard.

Posted November 30, 2009 7:04 AM
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