New Book: Managing Blind

by Angela Guess

ECCMA reports that the company has published founder Peter R. Benson’s book, Managing Blind: A Data Quality and Data Governance Vade Mecum. According to the company, “The literal translation of the Latin vade mecum is ‘go with me’, a small reference book that you carry with you. Managing Blind is a small, easy to read guide to the real life challenges of data quality and data governance. With over thirty years of experience working in six of the seven continents (he has not made it to Antarctica yet) and across a wide range of industries from agriculture, mining, manufacturing, processing, transportation, banking, finance, insurance, and healthcare, Peter has come to recognize that while the scale of the challenges and opportunities may vary, the fundamental characteristics are the same.”

The article continues, “Can you imagine how much attention you would have received if you had proposed a data quality or data governance program twenty years ago? Yet by the late 80’s it was already clear that all was not well in the data world. Can you imagine a hotel chain using your social security as your rewards membership number, yet a very well known hotel chain did exactly that for many years? While the Y2K bug never materialized, by the turn of the century more and more businesses were now totally reliant on their computer systems and the cost of missing or incorrect data was being measured in the millions. As computer systems become interconnected and their speed increases managing blind is an increasingly risky option.”

Read the first chapter HERE.

photo credit: Managing Blind

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