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10 best practices for master data management

A recent post on Information Management makes the point that master data management should not be run as an IT project. From an IT perspective, master data management is most typically treated as a data integration problem. The focus is often on how master data can be consolidated and synchronised across various operatioanl systems. In…

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Is data migration like moving house?

Would you move into a new house without checking that it would fit your furniture? Many of us had the experience of trying to fit a comfy couch, or a large bed, into a room that is too small for it. It’s frustrating. Option 1: Move on to a bigger house. Option 2: Throw out…

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How is #bigdata impacting the world we live in?

I think it is fair to say that we are seeing a world in flux. In particular, Britain’s exist from the European Union (or Brexit) signals a shift in the world order that most of us have known since the 1970’s. The Brexit happened in spite of polls showing that Britain would remain in the…

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SASSA controversy and “creepy” data

Many South Africans will be familiar with the recent controversy over the renewal of the Net1 contract to pay social grants. I prefer not to engage with the merits of the Net1 decision – ultimately the I do not have access to the facts. The realities of whether an alternative could have, or should have, been…

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Big Data are not only Big but Complex, Messy, Badly Sampled, and Creepy

In researching last weeks post, I came across this great lecture by Professor Thomas Lumley Prof Lumley discusses the role that statisticians must play in data science – in an entertaining and understandable way. Great piece for any aspiring data scientist, or the interested lay person. Data Science: Will Computer Science and Informatics Eat Our Lunch?  Mainstream…

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Is data science STILL the sexiest job of the 21st century?

When Forbes coined the phrase “sexiest job of the 21st century”  to describe data science, way back in 2012, the role was in its infancy. At the time, the ability to discover new insights from data, using a combination of statistics, machine learning and computer programming, was expected to be thew new competitive differentiator. Data…

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Data governance means different things to different people

Easter 2017 has just passed.   For practicing Christians, Easter is an important religious holiday. Arguably, Easter commensurate the founding premise of the Christian faith. In South Africa we celebrate a long weekend – both Easter Friday and the Monday are public holidays. For Christians, the Easter Sunday Church service is one of the most important…