About half a year ago I wrote a blog post called Who is Responsible for Data Quality aimed at issues with having your data coming from another corporation and going to another corporation.
My point was that many views on data governance, data ownership, the importance of upstream prevention and fitness for purpose of use in a business context is based on an assumption that the data in a given company is entered by that company, maintained by that company and consumed by that company. But this is in the business world today not true in many cases.
Actually a majority of the data quality issues I have been around since then has had exactly these ingredients:
- When data was born it was under an outside data governance jurisdiction
- The initial data owners, stewards and custodians were in another company
- Upstream wasn’t in the company were the current requirements are formulated
At the point of data transfer between the two jurisdictional areas the data is already digitalized and often it is high volume of data supposed to be processed in a short time frame, so the willingness and practical possibilities for implementing manual intervention is very limited.
This means that one case of looking for technology centric solutions is when data is born outside your jurisdiction. Also you tend to deal with concrete data quality rather than fluffy information quality in this scenario. That’s a pity, as I like information quality very much – but OK, data quality technology is quite interesting too.