Data Quality Articles
Quality can be a hard thing to define. What is good and what is bad may not be easily identified and quantified. When a data mart accurately reflects data exactly as found in the source, should that be considered a quality result? If the source data is bad, is the data mart of high quality or not? If the data mart differs from the source, when is the difference an improvement of quality and when is said difference evidence of diminished quality? While it may seem self-evident that correcting the source of load data would be the "right" thing to do, in practice that direction is not necessarily self-evident. The reasons supporting this nonintuitive approach are varied. Sometimes changes to the source impact other processes that must not change, or the changes will expose problems that may provoke undesired political fallout, or it may simply be that making the proper adjustments to the source application would prove too costly to the organization. For all these reasons and more, in the world of business intelligence, the dependent data often is expected to be of higher quality than the source data. In order for that improvement to occur, data placed within the dependent mart or data warehouse must be altered from the source. Sometimes these alterations become codified within the process migrating data from the source. Other times changes are made via one-time ad hoc updates. Either way, this alteration leads to a situation in which the dependent data will no longer equate one-for-one to the source data. Superficial comparisons of this altered content will highlight the disparity that what exists for analytics is not the same as what exists for the operational system.
Posted June 07, 2010
Varonis Systems Inc., a provider of data governance software, will soon be shipping Version 5.5 of its data management and governance toolsets. The updated editions of DatAdvantage and DataPrivilege represent the latest evolution of Varonis' Meta-data Framework, which enables customers to identify sensitive unstructured and semi-structured data on their file systems, SharePoint sites and network-attached storage (NAS) devices, find areas with excessive permissions and abnormal access activity, understand who can access, who is accessing, who shouldn't have access, and who owns the data, and remediate risk faster than traditional data protection products.
Posted June 01, 2010
At its Information On Demand conference in Rome, IBM unveiled new software to place the power of predictive analytics into the hands of business users for faster, more insightful decision making. According to the company, with three clicks, business users can now build a predictive model within a configurable Web browser interface, and run simulations and "what-if" scenarios that compare and test the best business outcomes before the model is ever deployed into an operational system. Business users now have full control over the analytic process, enabling them to make accurate decisions in real-time, based on changes in strategy, customer buying patterns and behaviors, or fluctuating market conditions.
Posted June 01, 2010
HiT Software, a provider of provider of data integration and change data capture software products, has been acquired by BackOffice Associates, a provider of data migration, data governance and master data management solutions for Oracle, SAP and other ERP vendors.
Posted May 20, 2010
Mergers and acquisitions often come quickly and when they do, it is critical to have tools and utilities capable of scaling to meet new challenges so operations continue seamlessly, customer service standards are upheld, and costs are contained. This was the case for UGI Utilities, a large natural gas and electric service provider in the eastern U.S. In 2006, UGI acquired the natural gas utility assets of PG Energy from Southern Union Company. A longtime customer of BMC, UGI found it was aligned with the right software company to provide implementation of mainframe service management solutions as well as first class support to get the job done and successfully integrate the newly acquired company's data into its environment, saving time and money.
Posted May 10, 2010
Informatica Corporation has announced new customer support offerings and proactive support capabilities as part of the Informatica Global Customer Support program. The additional services will be bundled into existing programs to further accelerate customer time-to-value, reducing cost-of-ownership and helping ensure ongoing project success.
Posted May 04, 2010
Sybase has announced the availability of Sybase PowerBuilder 12. The new release of Sybase's rapid application development tool enables developers to easily and cost effectively create or migrate their business applications on the Microsoft .NET Framework, for modern and visually appealing application user experiences.
Posted April 29, 2010
Quest Software, Inc., a Visual Studio Industry Partner and maker of Toad for Oracle, has announced the launch of Toad Extension for Visual Studio. Toad Extension for Visual Studio is a database schema provider that will support complete application lifecycle management (ALM) for Oracle in Visual Studio 2010, unifying Oracle developers with the rest of the Visual Studio development team.
Posted April 20, 2010
Talend, a provider of open source data management software, today announced the release of Talend 4.0. With this major upgrade to the company's flagship data management solutions, Talend is delivering an integrated data management platform that combines data integration, data quality and master data management (MDM) within a single solution, enabling Talend customers to further streamline and reduce the complexity of their critical data management projects.
Posted April 13, 2010
Oracle today announced the latest release of its Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) System, Release 11.1.2. As part of the 11.1.2 release, there are three new applications: two in the financial close and financial reporting area, Oracle Hyperion Financial Close Management, Oracle Hyperion Disclosure Management, and a third application that is a purpose-built planning module for public sector organizations called Oracle Hyperion Public Sector Planning and Budgeting, Hari Sankar, vice president of EPM Product Management, Oracle, tells 5 Minute Briefing. There are also significant enhancements to the existing portfolio of Oracle Hyperion Enterprise Performance Management applications such as Hyperion Planning, Hyperion Financial Management, Hyperion Data Relationship Management, Hyperion Profitability and Cost Management, as well as Oracle Essbase.
Posted April 07, 2010
Trillium Software, a provider of data quality solutions, has introduced the latest version of Global Locator, the company's one-step software solution for location intelligence and matching address information with global geocoding data. Global Locator provides a precise worldwide geocoding intelligence solution, for extremely accurate latitude/longitude information as well as address validation, cleansing and enrichment capabilities that enhance business processes and applications dependent on location data.
Posted March 30, 2010
Yesterday at the Open Source Business Conference in San Francisco, Dr. Bob Sutor, vice president, Open Source and Linux, IBM Software Group, presented a keynote address that examined key issues that users should think about when considering adoption of open source solutions.
Posted March 18, 2010
Oracle has unveiled Oracle Imaging and Process Management 11g and Oracle Forms Recognition. Both products are components of Oracle Fusion Middleware and are part of Oracle's strategic solution for Enterprise Application Documents.
Posted March 17, 2010
Progress Software Corporation yesterday announced the launch of a new business solution intended to enable enterprises to improve business performance. The solution, Progress Responsive Process Management suite (RPM), combines comprehensive visibility, business event processing and business process management (BPM) capabilities on a single, unified platform. "The reason we've created this suite is in response to what we have been seeing in our customer base. Our customers want to gain what we call ‘operational responsiveness.' In other words, to have a business that is highly adaptive, can anticipate opportunities and threats, and respond before they have been missed, or before it is too late," Dr. John Bates, Progress Software CTO, tells 5 Minute Briefing.
Posted March 16, 2010
DataFlux, a provider of data management solutions, announced a unified environment that enables data quality, data integration and master data management (MDM) to be managed from a single interface. Called the DataFlux Data Management Platform, the system is designed to help organizations to plan, build, implement and monitor data-centric projects, and extend them across the enterprise.
Posted March 09, 2010
Symantec Corp. announced today that it has prepared a data management toolset that it will be eventually be shipping as part of all its product lines over the coming year. The toolset, called Data Insight, leverages Symantec's core competencies of security and storage to enables improved governance, infer data ownership based on usage, and track data utilization.
Posted March 02, 2010
Talend, a provider of open source data integration software, has announced the availability of an open source master data management (MDM) solution. With the launch, Talend says it is "democratizing" the MDM market with an affordable, open source alternative to cost-prohibitive and disjointed proprietary technologies.
Posted February 09, 2010
IBM has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Initiate Systems, a provider of data integrity software for information sharing among healthcare and government organizations. The announcement of the acquisition "marks a significant expansion of IBM's ability to help clients integrate information from hundreds of sources," Arvind Krishna, general manager of IBM's Information Management Software division, said during a teleconference detailing the acquisition.
Posted February 08, 2010
Melissa Data, a provider of data quality and address management solutions, has announced that the latest release of Presort Object, a developer's API for postal presorting, has received USPS PAVE Gold certification for PAVE Cycle K.
Posted January 12, 2010
Oracle has acquired Silver Creek Systems, Inc., a provider of product data quality solutions. Silver Creek's DataLens product data quality solution is designed to simplify complex product descriptions commonly found in many industries, enabling enterprises to more accurately manage product data. "Lack of standardized product data continues to be a challenge for many enterprises," says Hasan Rizvi, senior vice president, Oracle Fusion Middleware Product Development. "With the addition of Silver Creek, Oracle is extending its industry leading data integration offering with complementary solutions to enhance product data quality and help customers get more accurate and consistent product data for use across their enterprise."
Posted January 06, 2010
Oracle yesterday announced that it has acquired Silver Creek Systems, Inc., a provider of product data quality solutions. Silver Creek's DataLens product data quality solution is designed to simplify complex product descriptions commonly found in many industries, enabling enterprises to more accurately manage product data.
Posted January 05, 2010
As we enter the next decade of the millennium, we will see information technology becoming more ubiquitous, driving an even greater share of business decisionmaking and operations. IT has proven its muster through the recent downturn as both a tactical and strategic weapon for streamlining, as well as maintaining competitive edge. Now, as we begin the next round of economic recovery, companies will be relying on IT even more to better understand and serve their markets and customers. Yet, there are many challenges with managing a growing array of IT hardware, software, and services. To address these requirements, businesses continue to look to approaches such as analytics, virtualization, and cloud computing. To capture the trends shaping the year ahead, Database Trends and Applications spoke to a range of industry leaders and experts.
Posted December 14, 2009
Informatica Corporation, a provider of data integration software, has announced Informatica Cloud 9, a comprehensive offering for cloud data integration.
Posted November 24, 2009
How many times have you been surfing the web only to encounter a form that requests a slew of personal information before you can continue on? You know what I'm talking about. A company markets a white paper or poll results or something else that intrigues you, so you click on the link, and bang, there you are. You don't have the information you wanted yet, but if you just fill out this form then you'll be redirected to the information.
Posted November 11, 2009
Melissa Data, in partnership with Acme Data, is expanding its data quality offerings, creating a "lite" version of DQ*Plus, its data quality solution for cleaning and consolidating enterprise data. The company introduced the lite version, called DQ*Plus Basic, at the Oracle OpenWorld 2009.
Posted October 28, 2009
Melissa Data, a provider of data quality and address management solutions, has announced a new free add-on to the company's Address Object address verification API and MAILERS+4 postal automation software. The new add-on, called AddressPlus, will analyze residential address records that are identified during ZIP+4 encoding and will append or correct those records with the right apartment number, if available.
Posted October 27, 2009
In June of this year, IBM unveiled its cross-company strategy to capture the enterprise cloud computing market, helping clients attack rising costs and complexity by workload. Since then many products and services from the portfolio have entered the market, including Smart Business Development and Test on the IBM Cloud, which began its public beta on October 1, 2009. Smart Business Development and Test on the IBM Cloud includes Software Delivery Services from Rational Software and is designed to accelerate organizations' development and test cycles.
Posted October 21, 2009
Initiate Systems, Inc., a provider of data management solutions for information sharing and improved data quality, has announced the availability of Initiate Master Data Service v9.0, the latest upgrade to the company's master data management (MDM) solution. The new version of Initiate Master Data Service fosters agile data governance for enterprise, government and healthcare customers, enabling them to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of their data management. Data stewards can identify and centrally manage all business data issues specific to their business processes in one tool.
Posted October 13, 2009
Informatica Corporation, a provider of data integration software, has announced the availability of a free Data Quality Checkup Tool. Aimed at the business user and designed and developed to help existing and prospective customers quickly and easily assess the health of their data, the tool enables users to get an introduction to Informatica's Data Quality products at no cost. With the results of the checkup, organizations can build and strengthen business cases for investing in data quality.
Posted August 25, 2009
Melissa Data, a provider of data quality and data enrichment solutions, has announced MatchUp Object, an API toolkit for finding and preventing duplicate records that is now multiplatform. With this latest release the Linux, Solaris, AIX, and HP-UX operating systems are supported, and these users can now benefit from the advanced deduping power of MatchUp Object to find more duplicate records and gain a single accurate view of each customer.
Posted August 18, 2009
DataMentors, a full-service provider of data quality and data integration solutions, has introduced a new social media technology education program called "Insights" to provide business decision-makers with observations and explanations on how to better identify the pitfalls and opportunities in the data management and data marketing categories. The two minute-or-less tech ed segments will be distributed through a cross-section of social media networks and various websites.
Posted July 28, 2009
Netrics, a provider of data matching technology, announced it has signed TIBCO Software as an OEM partner.
Posted July 27, 2009
At a rather muted Microsoft TechEd in Los Angeles in May, the crowds were diminished and the educational content was slimmed down. In the past, SQL Server sessions were so abundant that you'd have trouble choosing which of several you might want to attend. This year, the state of the economy was reflected in many ways, including the one, or, in just a few cases, two sessions per time slot allotted SQL Server professionals. Despite the low ebb, the Microsoft SQL Server team made an exciting announcement about the upcoming availability of the SQL Server 2008 R2 CTP (Community Technology Preview).
Posted July 13, 2009
Trillium Software, a business of Harte-Hanks, Inc. and a provider of data quality solutions, has released version 12 of the Trillium Software System. The new capabilities of this release are specifically targeted to address four major trends that Trillium sees, namely the data governance movement to enterprise-wide data quality project deployment, the need for real-time data quality as initiatives move from traditional business intelligence environments to operational environments, the expanding roles of data stewards and business analysts, and the need for complete end-to-end data quality platforms. Given these factors, the latest version of Trillium's enterprise data quality solution provides for high-volume data profiling and discovery, data cleansing, and data quality dashboards and reporting.
Posted June 02, 2009
Oracle has announced the general availability of Oracle Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) System Release 18.104.22.168, which unifies performance management and business intelligence to support a range of strategic, financial and operational management processes.
Posted May 07, 2009
Melissa Data, a provider of high-performance data quality, contact data verification and mail management solutions, has announced new software called the Total Data Quality Integration Toolkit (TDQ-IT). The new TDQ-IT software integrates into Microsoft's SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS 2005/2008) to deliver the full spectrum of data quality processes as defined by industry analysts including: Data Profiling, Cleansing, Parsing & Standardization, Matching and Monitoring at an affordable price within SSIS.
Posted April 07, 2009
Pervasive Software has introduced Pervasive DataMatcher, a highly accurate and high-performance data matching solution based on the Pervasive DataRush technology. DataRush is an embeddable software platform for data intensive processing applications, and is optimized for use on multi-core processors. Its massively parallel-processing engine has been combined with Pervasive's data matching capabilities to create the new DataMatcher product. DataMatcher is designed to help organizations detect fraud, money laundering, and corruption as well as enable threat detection and law enforcement applications, compliance monitoring, and master data management (MDM).
Posted March 24, 2009
Melissa Data, a developer of high-performance data quality and mail management solutions, has announced the release of Data Quality Web Service 2.0-a collection of customer data validation and enrichment services that allow users to add the power of geographic and firmographic information to their web site, CRM system or other business contact process or application. Among the services that are available are: Address Validation (domestic and international), Phone Check, Email Check, Name Check, Geocoding, IP Locator, and Business Coder.
Posted March 24, 2009
iWay Software, an Information Builders division and an innovator of enterprise integration solutions, has announced the immediate availability of a new iWay Enterprise Information Management (EIM) Suite. Designed to provide complete business visibility with speed and accuracy, the suite lowers the total cost of information management by addressing enterprise information needs in a single platform with reusable services.
Posted February 24, 2009
Oracle has announced availability of Oracle Hyperion Strategic Finance Fusion Edition R11, a financial modeling application that allows executives to understand the full financial impact of alternative corporate strategies.
Posted February 19, 2009
Trillium Software, a business of Harte-Hanks, Inc. and a leading provider of data quality software, has announced a global technology alliance with Syncsort aimed at helping customers integrate data quality functionality directly into an array of data management processes. The alliance can provide customers with high-speed data transformation and aggregation, and potentially lower costs for data warehousing, business intelligence, customer relationship management, and data integration initiatives.
Posted February 17, 2009
Netrics, an independent software vendor that develops data matching software, has announced that it has partnered with Contegra Systems, a web portal design services and systems integration firm. Through this partnership, Contegra will use the Netrics Matching Platform to expand its ability to build profitable web properties for enterprises whose businesses depend on accurate information delivery.
Posted January 27, 2009
The old maxim, "may you live in interesting times" certainly holds true for IT managers and professionals these days. The year 2008 was full of changes and challenges, and 2009 promises even more.
Posted December 15, 2008