The idiom turning a blind eye originates from the sea battle at Copenhagen where Admiral Nelson ignored a signal with permission to withdraw by raising the telescope to his blind eye and say “I really do not see the signal”.
As a data quality practitioner you are often amazed by how enterprises turns the blind eye to data quality challenges and despite horrible data quality conditions keeps on and wins the battle by growing as a successful business.
The evidence about how poor data quality is costing enterprises huge sums has been out there for a long time. But business success are made over and again despite of bad data. There may be casualties, but the business goals are met anyway. So, the poor data quality is just something that makes the fight harder, not impossible.
I guess we have to change the messaging about data quality improvement away from the doomsday prophesies, which make decision makers turn a blind eye to data quality challenges, and be more specific on maybe smaller but tangible wins where data quality improvement and business efficiency goes hand in hand.