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Beware the Ides of Match

If you have heard of the Ides of March, you know you’re supposed to beware them. Why? In ancient Rome, the Ides of March were equivalent to our March 15th. In William Shakespeare’s play, Julius Caesar, a soothsayer warns Caesar to “Beware the Ides of March”, the day on which he would be assassinated by…

Data governance the foundation of MDM

In a recent post on the Predictive Analytics Trends blog, Stephen J Smith wrote about how Master Data Management is broken   Some key points: Master data management is not a technology problem. “In master data management, fundamentally, your data problems are not technology problems. They are not even MDM problems. Your data problems aren’t…

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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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Water, or poison?

Imagine that you have had nothing to drink for a day or two. Yo are offered a choice – three seemingly identical glasses of water. Two glasses do, indeed, hold clean, refreshing water. The third has been contaminated with a tasteless, odourless poison,. It may not kill you, but it will do lasting damage. Would…