In 1 month and 1 day the United Nations Climate Change Conference commence in my hometown Copenhagen. Here the people of the Earth will decide if we want to save the planet now or we will wait a while and see what happens.
The Data Quality issue might seem of little importance compared to the climate issue. Nevertheless I have been thinking about some similarities between Data Governance/ Data Quality and climate politics.
It goes like this:
It’s often said that CEO’s don’t buy-in on data quality improvements because it’s a loser’s game. In climate politics the CEO’s are the heads of states. It’s still a question how many heads of state who will attend the Copenhagen conference. There is a great deal of attention around whether United States president Barack Obama will attend. His last visit to Copenhagen in early October didn’t turn out as a success as his recommendation for Chicago as Olympic host city was fruitless. I guess he will only come again if success is very likely.
On the other hand British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has urged all world leaders to come to Copenhagen. While I think this is great for the conference being a success I also have a personal reason to think, that it’s a very bad idea. Having all the world heads of states driving around in the Copenhagen streets surrounded by a horde of police bikes will make traffic jams interfering with my daily work and more seriously my Christmas shopping.
It’s no secret that much of the climate problem is caused by us as individuals not being more careful about our energy consumption in daily routines. Data Quality is all the same about individuals not thinking ahead but focusing on having daily work done as quickly and comfortable as possible.
The business perspective
My fellow countryman Bjørn Lomborg is a prominent proponent of the view of focusing more on battling starvation, diseases and other evils because the resources will be spent more effective here than the marginal effects the same resources will have on fighting changing climate.
Data Quality improvement is often omitted from Business Process Reengineering when the scope of these initiatives is undergoing prioritizing focusing on worthy measurable short term wins.
My hope for my planet – and my profession – is that we are able to look ahead and do what is best for the future while we take personal responsibility and care in our daily work and life.