Master Data vs. Reference Data

The terms “master data” and “reference data” can be confused fairly easily. Both provide data that changes only occasionally over time and provide data that is designed to be accurate and up to date.  Master data provides the accurate information needed for business transactions that are critical to the running of a business – the […]

Women in Data: Meet Dr. Christina Sandema-Sombe

The latest installment in our Q&A series with women leaders in data features Dr. Christina Sandema-Sombe, chief data steward of Nike, Inc. (Read our previous Q&A here.)  Dr. Christina Sandema-Sombe first learned the joys – and challenges – of working with data as the global impact measurement lead at a humanitarian aid organization. Over a decade […]

What Is Data Reliability and Why Do You Need It?

“Can I trust this data?” In the dawning age of artificial intelligence (AI), this question becomes increasingly critical for individuals and organizations. Data reliability is the cornerstone of an organization’s data-driven decision-making. A recent survey from Precisely identified data-driven decision-making as the primary goal of 77% of data initiatives, yet only 46% of organizations have high or very […]

Fundamentals of Data Classification

The process of data classification can be broadly described as the organization of data into relevant categories, allowing it to be accessed and protected more efficiently. In the simplest terms, the data classification process ranks data based on its security needs and makes it easier to locate and retrieve data. Classification is especially useful to […]

Creating a Data Monetization Strategy

A data monetization strategy is an executable plan for extracting “value” from data and converting it into revenue-generating opportunities. It involves analyzing and leveraging data to uncover insights that can be used to drive business growth, enhance customer experiences, and create new revenue streams.  Organizations collect large volumes of raw data from various sources such […]

Data Lakehouse Architecture 101

A data lakehouse, in the simplest terms, combines the best functionalities of a data lake and a data warehouse. It offers a unified platform for seamlessly integrating both structured and unstructured data, providing businesses agility, scalability, and flexibility in their data analytics processes. Unlike traditional data warehouses that rely on rigid schemas for organizing and […]

Sustainable Data Management: Trends and Benefits

The rapid growth of digital data has led to a significant environmental impact that cannot be overlooked. Understanding the need for a greener digital landscape and sustainable data management is crucial to mitigate this impact and ensure an eco-friendly future. Data management, including storage, processing, and transmission, requires vast amounts of energy.  Additionally, the manufacturing […]

In-Memory Databases: An Overview

In-memory databases work faster than databases with disk storage. This is because they use “internal” optimization algorithms, which are simpler and faster, and this type of system requires fewer CPU instructions than a disk storage system. Additionally, accessing data that has been stored “in-memory” eliminates the need for seek time while searching for data. As […]

Data Integration Tools

Data integration tools are used to collect data from external (and internal) sources, and to reformat, cleanse, and organize the collected data. The ultimate goal of data integration tools is to combine data from a variety of different sources, and provide their users with a single, standardized flow of data. Use of these tools helps […]

Metadata Governance: Crucial to Managing IoT

The Internet of Things (IoT), devices that produce and consume data through the internet, will likely comprise over 207 billion devices by the end of 2024. These widgets generate, consume, and send vast data over business networks. As a result, organizations must include IoT in their Data Governance programs to ensure better integration and legal compliance. Without effective governance, firms […]