Posts Tagged ‘Data Quality’

Let’s face it: data quality is important, but how do you know if it is causing your business problems? There are some very technical definitions of data quality, but let’s stick to some simple questions you can ask yourself: Are the data accessible? Can you easily land on a specific piece of information, such as […]

One of our clients was asked to create a simple report comparing “net-new” sales (sales to first-time customers) to existing customer sales.  At the time, our client felt that the report would be easy; estimating that it would take an afternoon to develop and a couple of hours to test. Two weeks into the effort […]

Have you seen the TV program “Hoarders”?  It’s a fascinating look into the lives of people who, well, hoard stuff.  A lot of stuff – filling their homes and yards beyond capacity with precarious layers of things that they’ll never use. Episodes of Hoarders all start at the same point:  The hoarding behavior has completely […]

It seems like everyone loves Microsoft Excel.  With over 300 million users worldwide and growing quickly, it’s evolved into the common language of business.  It’s versatile, powerful and easy to use.  And, it’s inexpensive.  As such, it’s a popular choice with midmarket companies for business intelligence.  But, as a BI tool, Excel is sorely lacking. […]

By Joe Siok, COO of Alpine Consulting, and Mike Reade, Public Safety Business Value Consultant at IBM Imagine a town with no crime. Impossible – maybe, but maybe not? For a police department with tens of thousands of records stored in disparate systems and no means to collect and analyze the data or see patterns […]