Data governance should not stifle innovation

A recent Harvard Business Review blog suggested that IT Governance is Killing Innovation. While the report title and content are controversial, there is no doubt that many IT Governance initiatives have been based on a policing, rather than an enabling approach. This post received much interest, and many comments, in the CIO Network group on…

A Series of Unfortunate Events – a Data Quality Tale of Woe

A data quality tale of woe A Series of Unfortunate Events, by Lemony Snicket, is, like most data quality tales, an unfortaulogy. An unfortaulogy is a series of unfortunate tales, in this case, unfortunately, thirteen, in which our data quality heroes, the Baudelaire orphans; Violet, Klaus and Sunny;  struggle to survive the murderous plots of…

Where two streets have one name

A couple of recent posts from Henrik Liliendahl Sørensen focused on the problem of one street having two names – certainly an issue that creates complexity for automated matching in South Africa. Two examples – English and Afrikaans street names such as Church Street vs Kerkstraat, as well as the inconsistent use of abbreviations such…

How big is BIG data?

I recently had a client complaining that he was struggling with a reporting requirement because his technology platform could not cope with “Big Data”. Upon investigation I found he was dealing with approximately 20million rows from a relatively small (ten columns) table – not what I would have considered to be Big Data at all.…