The excellent IAIDQ World Quality Day webinar looked at what the Data Quality landscape might be like in 5 years time, in 2014. This got me thinking. Dylan Jones excellent article on The perils of procrastination made me think some more…
I believe that we data quality professionals need a paradigm shift in the way we think about data. We need to make “Get data right first time” and “Data Quality By Design” such no brainers that procrastination is not an option. We need to promote a vision of the future in which all data is reusable and interchangeable – a world of “Plug and Play Data”.
Everybody, even senior business management, understand the concepts of “plug and play” and reusable play blocks. For “plug and play” to succeed, interconnecting parts must be complete, fully moulded, and conform to clearly defined standards. Hence “plug and play data” must be complete, fully populated, and conform to clearly defined standards (business rules).
How can organisations “get it right first time” and create “plug and play data”?
It is now relatively simple to invoke cloud based verification from any part of a system through which data enters.
For example, when opening a new “Student” bank account, cloud based verification might prompt the bank assistant with a message like “Mr. Jones’ date of birth suggests he is 48 years old. Is his date of birth correct? Is a “Student Account” appropriate for Mr. Jones”?
We Data Quality Professionals need to educate both Business and IT on the need for, and the benefits of “plug and play data”. We need to explain to senior management that data is no longer needed or used by only one application. We need to explain that even tactical solutions within Lines of Business need to consider Enterprise demands for data such as:
- Data feed into regulatory systems (e.g Anti Money Laundering, BASEL II, Solvency II)
- Access from or data feed into CRM system
- Access from or data feed into Business Intelligence system
- Ad hoc provision of data to satisfy regulatory requests
- Increasingly – feeds to and from other organisations in the supply chain
- Ultimate replacement of application with newer generation system
We must educate the business on the increasingly dynamic information requirements of the Enterprise – which can only be satisfied by getting data “right first time” and by creating “plug and play data” that can be easily reused and interconnected.
What do you think?