Data Quality Evangelism

There is a famous painting by Leonardo da Vinci with Jesus and the Twelve Apostles having The Last Supper:

Now, most classic historical paintings have anachronisms. In The Last Supper there are oranges on the table, which is strange, since oranges weren’t known in EMEA in the 1st century.  

But, anachronisms aside:

Q: Isn’t it also strange that everyone is on one side of the table?

A: Not at all. It’s like with data quality evangelism: Everyone is on the IT side. The business side has other things to do.

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5 thoughts on “Data Quality Evangelism

  1. Rayk 30th August 2011 / 09:59

    Oh, how much I like this. As one from the business side. Thanks a lot.

  2. Prashanta C 30th August 2011 / 11:31

    Haha.. good one Henrik,

    The painting might have been done this way to make it picture perfect. But without business involvement, data quality evangelism is no way a picture perfect portrait.

  3. Gordon Hamilton 30th August 2011 / 12:59

    Excellent analogy Henrik, reminds us that “preaching to the choir” saves no new souls.

  4. Jim Harris 30th August 2011 / 16:53

    So, if the oranges are anachronistic and the everyone is on the IT side of the table . . .

    If we were to paint the Business picture from the same period, everyone would also be on only one side of the table, presumably with apples, which would also be somewhat anachronistic for the region in the first century, and therefore we would have conclusive historical proof that . . .

    IT is Oranges and Business is Apples


  5. Henrik Liliendahl Sørensen 31st August 2011 / 06:32

    Thanks Rayk, Prash, Gordon and Jim for commenting on and extending my lighthearted take on religion, art, history, and data quality.

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