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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!

About the author >

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 or at (301) 754-6350.

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I am honored to be one of the co-moderators of the upcoming TDWI Solution Summit on Master Data, Quality, and Governance, to be held March 4-6 in Savannah, GA. I attended one of these events in the past, met a lot of people currently engaged in launching an MDM project, but this year I have helped to find some cases studies that focus on master data as a result of good data quality and governance techniques, not the driver. Please go to the web site and check it out, then apply to be a delegate! Hope to see you there!

Posted December 15, 2011 8:44 AM
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I will be the guest speaker at an executive breakfast seminar in Boston on October 28th to discuss the critical link between Data Quality, MDM and Data Governance. If you are interested in attending, please register through - looking forward to seeing you there!

Posted October 15, 2010 8:56 AM
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In the past week I have been sent email from two different organizations offering me information about data governance, and both cases seem to indicate apparent minimal dog food self-ingestion.


The first example is actually the last few of a string of emails that I have received over a nine-month period, each of which is addressed to "Jack." In the past month I have gotten six emails about a webinar on data governance. I responded to the sender three times. The first time I asked whether data quality was part of their talk on data governance, perhaps a tongue-in-cheek way of hoping that they'd notice that my email name ('David Loshin") and their salutation name did not match. No response from them. When I got the next one addressed to Jack, I emailed back saying that may name was not Jack. No response. The last email I got from them was responded to with a simpler question: Does anyone actually respond to emails sent to that email address? Apparently not. They don't know Jack ;-).


The second example is perhaps funnier. The salutation on the email I received regarding a new white paper including material on "the inability to use information for strategic business advantage" and recognizing data as an asset to "improve customer experiences" was "{FIRST_NAME}," which is perhaps a little more correct (I do indeed have a first name even if I don't typically use it) although equally indicative of an absence of oversight on the process of producing the information end-product (i.e., the emails).

Posted July 28, 2010 11:00 AM
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In my most recent article on b-eye-network, I discussed the questions raised as a result of serious consideration of instituting MDM, and how that directly depends on sound data management practices associated with data quality and more importantly, data governance. If this interests you, I will be participating in a set of executive lunch meetings with Initiate Systems to discuss these ideas in greater detail, one in Chicago on May 25 and one in San Jose on May 26. Here are the links for more information:

Chicago, May 25 at 10:00 AM - 1:00PM CDT

San Jose, May 26 at noon - 3:00PM PDT

If you plan to go, let me know!

Posted May 4, 2010 10:06 AM
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Not really a surprise, and one that we discussed over at this blog note, but apparently the data reported regarding stimulus money spending is not immune to data flaws. This article over at discusses some of the simple types of errors appearing in the jobs data, such as hundreds of thousands of dollars spent in Arizona's 52nd, 15th and 86th congressional districts, despite that sparse state's only having eight congressional districts.

I especially like dthe quote from Wisconsin representative Dave Obey: "Credibility counts in government, and stupid mistakes like this undermine it."

Posted November 25, 2009 6:26 AM
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