In part one, I wrote about the evolution of a corporation and how rapid growth leads to a data intelligence gap. It makes sense that a combination of people, process and technology combine to close the gap, but just what kind of technology can be used to help you cross the divide and connect the needs of business with the data available in the corporation?
Of course, the technology needed depends on the company’s needs and how mature they are about managing their data. Many technologies exist to help close the gap, improve information quality and meet the business needs of the organization. Let’s look at them:
HOW IT CLOSES THE
This technology watches the user type helps completes the data entry in real time. For example, products like Harte-Hanks Global Address help call center staff and others who enter address data into your system by speeding up the process and ensuring the data is correct.
Data Quality Dashboard
Dashboards allow business users and IT users to keep an eye on data anomalies by constantly checking if the data meets business specifications. Products like TS Insight even give you some attractive charts and graphs on the status of data compliance and the trend of its conformity. Dashboards are also a great way to communicate the importance of closing the data intelligence gap. When your people get smarter about it, they will help you achieve cleaner, more useful information.
Diagnostic and Health
Not sure about the health and suitability of any given data set? Profile it with products like TS Discovery, and you’ll begin to understand how much data is missing, outlier values in the data, and many other anomalies. Only then will you be able to understand the scope of your data quality project.
Batch Data Quality
Once the anomalies are discovered. A batch cleansing process can solve many problems with name and address data, supply chain data and more. Some solutions are batch-centric, while others can do both batch cleansing and scalable enterprise-class data quality (see below).
Master Data Management (
Products from the mega-vendors like
Enterprise-Class Data Quality
Products like the Trillium Software System provide real time data quality to any application in the enterprise, including the
You can often use the same technology to monitor data as you do for profiling data. These tools keep track of the quality of the data. Unlike data quality dashboards, the IT staff can really dig into the nitty-gritty if necessary.
Services and Data Sources
Companies like Harte-Hanks offer data sources that can help fill the gaps when mission-critical data is missing. You can buy data and services to segment your database, check customer lists for change of address, look for customers on the do-not-call list, reverse phone number look ups, and more.
These are just some of the technologies involved in closing the data intelligence gap. In my next installment of this series, I’ll look at people and process. Stay tuned.