I just realized that this post will be number 1,000 published on this blog. So, let me not say something new but just recap a little bit on what it has been all about in the last nearly 10 years of running a blog on some nerdy stuff.
Data quality has been the main theme. When writing about data quality one will not avoid touching Master Data Management (MDM). In fact, the most applied category used here on this site, with 464 and counting entries, is Master Data.
The second most applied category on this blog is, with 219 entries, Data Architecture.
The most applied data quality activity around is data matching. As this is also where I started my data quality venture, there has been 192 posts about Data Matching.
The newest category relates to Product Information Management (PIM) and is, with 20 posts at the moment, about Product Data Syndication.
Even though that data quality is a serious subject, you must not forget to have fun. 66 posts, including a yearly April Fools post, has been categorized as Supposed to be a Joke.
Thanks to all who are reading this blog and not least to all who from time to time takes time to make a comment, like and share.
The Disruptive List of Master Data Management Solutions has a blog. On this blog some of the leading MDM vendors provides guest blog posts with their perspective on both emerging trends and good old fundamental prerequisites within the MDM discipline.
Earlier this year David Corrigan of AllSight wrote a thought provoking post about 3 Reasons MDM No Longer Delivers a Customer 360.
Yesterday Shamanth Shankar of Riversand contributed with a timely post on Why next generation MDM and PIM solutions must be in the Cloud.
Today we have a well-founded post by Nils Erik Pedersen of Stibo Systems on the Five Steps to Guarantee a Successful Master Data Management Implementation.
Welcome in the class room to Rick Buijserd from The Netherlands as the next guest blog post author:
As a child you were happy when the bell ranged and the school day ended. It was time to play with your friends and don’t think about learning anymore, just play! Most of us look back at this time as the best time of our lives. A time without any worries and enjoying every moment of it. Even though it wasn’t the main focus as a child it was also the time that we learned new ideas and things every day. Are we still learning every day? Are you learning new things about data management every day? You should and here is why…
Data is the new oil and many of us make a decent living by advising or consulting companies in this area of expertise. But when time goes by so are the developments and in the technology world this goes fast, very fast. In the last couple of years the data environment has become bigger and bigger. First there was just data in companies, now you have the combine sources of data to get a clear view about. And the sources keep on changing. Big data used to be a word that was undefined and unable to use. And for many it still is, but others use big data to enrich and enable growth for their companies. By just summing this up you see the changes that happened in the last couple of years and you have to keep up to stay relevant. Learn and gain knowledge is the only key to success in the long term. Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning powered by optimal use of data and data management will take over many tasks but in the end human creativity and the ability to learn will provide success and the power to make the difference.
Data Management is never finished and neither is learning about it
As you have been in the world of data management you should know that data management is never finished and so is the possibility of gaining knowledge. New books about data management are published recently, research firms keep on researching and find new discoveries. And many companies use the evolution of the technology to grow. Also Communities are built around topics on many different platforms. The possibility to learn is everywhere! Use it in your benefit, data management is never finished…
Rick Buijserd is author and owner of the platform Data Management Experts and a young professional with experience in the world of data. He started his career at a well-known software vendor as channel manager where he learned the skills of indirect sales and managing partners. Financial, HR, Logistics, Warehousing and PSA were the main elements of his software sales. Building relationships with experts and other vendors are part of his DNA.
After a couple of years he decided to make a switch and landed in the world of accountancy firms. In this period he enabled himself to become a trusted advisor of many accountancy firms in The Netherlands. The area of finance, financial reporting, tax, auditing and other accountancy related activities are no secret to him. Together with his clients he developed many solutions to solve their challenges. In this period the love for data management came above. Accountancy firms are the ultimate example of being data driven. It is all they know.
In the most recent period of his career he stepped into the world of multinationals and as off today he is still active in this world advising around data management and selling software solutions to multinationals who have challenges in the area of data management. Also he is an expert in the area of social selling via LinkedIn and this knowledge has been brought into practice via a LinkedIn Group for Dutch Data Management Experts in which he gathers the top data management experts from the largest companies in The Netherlands to discuss all kind of data related topics.
A big thing going on in Europe right now is the Euro 2012 football (soccer) championship. 16 national teams are competing for the European Champion title.
People like me not being a subject matter expert may have difficulties seeing above national preferences and evaluating who is the best team. Is it:
- The team having the highest ball possession percentage,
- the team with the most handsome legs (my wife says so) or
- the team with the most expensive players?
Therefore TV channels have experts in the studio. Well, sometimes they also have difficulties seeing above national preferences, but else they can provide you with analysis of a lot of facets about the game and why some things matters more than other things. Even sometimes an expert is nailing it and tells you: “It’s important to score goals”. Oh yes, I think most of us got that already.
It’s the same with reading articles, blog posts and so about data quality and master data management. Experts may have difficulties seeing above brand preferences but anyhow there is a lot of good stuff about different facets of achieving high quality data and doing master data management the right way and even sometimes an expert is nailing it and tells you: “It’s important to support business goals”. Oh yes, …