Faster Delivery = Happy Users
Automated Process = Fewer Errors
Standards = Cost Reduction
Order Visibility = Confidence
Linking Systems = Efficiency
Managing proprietary and public-facing data is key to your core business, growth and reputation and means that it is necessary to manage business and data growth while also handling increased management complexities. Unfortunately, Data Quality is a term that is often misused or ignored, and even causes alarm in organizations. In this 3-part series, I’ll explore:
I’ll also provide some advice on where you should focus and how we are able to help.
Four ways to measure the quality of your data
Don’t get ostrich syndrome: face data quality issues head on
It is often overwhelming for management to address the data quality issue when the proverbial “ostrich syndrome” kicks in. With “heads in sand,” the problem is ignored and dealing with poor data quality becomes an accepted way of operating.
What you can do right now
The first step is admitting there is a problem. Start by using these measures of data quality to assess your current state. This sounds like a lot of work (and it is). But it’s also possible to get help here. At Softchoice, we offer a Data Integrity Healthcheck a service which provides data collection, analysis and reports with recommended actions for remediation.
Some of the things we look at in the Healthcheck are:
Whether you leverage our service, or do this yourself – looking at the items above to get a clear understanding of your current state is a great place to start. Ultimately, your end goal will be to develop a comprehensive data governance program that can address some of the common causes of poor data quality and ensure that you don’t end up back where you started.
Here’s a quick overview of some of the common problems I’ve encountered that lead to poor data quality:
To learn more, skip to the 3rd post in this series and read Top 3 Process errors and how to fix them. All of this work will lead you down a path to clean reporting and quality business intelligence! If you want to learn more about how Softchoice can help make this complex process easier, check out our Data Integrity Healthcheck or leave your questions below and we will get back to you.