Quality Data for BI Makes Working Life Easier
Business intelligence analysis and reports use data from multiple sources, so inconsistencies, duplication and omission can mean they come up with different views and versions of the facts. Bad decisions can follow - or even no decisions when a problem is recognised. IT often gets the blame, but will still be expected to ride to the rescue with all guns blazing.
Far better to avoid all this troubleshooting and make sure things are right first time. Easier said than done I know, because not only do you have to get your users on side, you may also need to stretch the budget for the technologies you know you need to embed data quality into all the enterprise applications.
Data Quality Saves Money
But there will be no better time to point out that it wouldn't have happened if you had been able to make a relatively small investment in data quality tools earlier. Postponing vital decisions and putting things right after bad ones is far more costly in terms of time, expenditure and potential trading revenue lost.
Acquire the right data quality tools, such as our Match Software, Dedupe Express, DQ Toolkit, or DQ for SalesLogix. Put them to work on the data in every department, and the information passed up will be accurate, trusted and valuable.
Make Time for Testing
Business intelligence needs are ever changing. IT professionals have to make sure they are kept in the loop so that they know in good time what is required - and when. Time for testing realistic data sets on integration is important for full confidence in the results.
Getting things right at the start always gives you an easier life thereafter – adopt the take time now, make it easier later attitude when it comes to data and you'll reap the benefits.