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What is a Chief Data Officer (CDO)?

A Chief Data Officer (CDO) helps bridge the gap between technology and business. This person evangelizes an enterprise-wide Data Management strategy at a senior level. The CDO leads Data Management initiatives, enabling an organization to leverage its data assets and gain a competitive advantage from them. A CDO tends to be part business strategist, adviser, […]

What is Cloud Computing?

Cloud Computing provides computation, software, data access, and storage systems without requiring knowledge of the physical location and configuration needed. Cloud Computing may be executed on or off premises, and has adopted virtualization, service-oriented architecture, and utility computing. Databases in the cloud may be implemented by: Virtual Machine Image: Users purchase virtual machine instances with […]

What is Cognitive Computing?

Cognitive Computing, a subfield of Artificial Intelligence, simulates human thought processes in machines using self-learning algorithms through data mining, pattern recognition, and Natural Language Processing. These artificial environments rely on Deep Learning algorithms and neural networks to process information by comparing it to a teaching set of data. By mimicking human thought processes, computers help people […]

What is a Data Analyst?

Data analysts help businesses make better, more informed decisions by not only collecting and investigating data, but also translating the relevant information into useful observations for their customers, which can include technical staff, business teams, or leadership. In many organizations, data analyst and data scientist roles share similarities, but data analysts focus on  speedily interpreting […]

What is a Data Architect?

A data architect provides clear specifications, models, and definitions, translating a business’ Data Strategy into a Data Architecture and implementing this structure to align with an organization’s Data Governance. An architect is one who designs and advises on the construction of something. Data architects take an organization’s raw data and data assets and builds a […]

What is Data Architecture?

According to the Data Management Body of Knowledge (DMBOK), Data Architecture “includes specifications used to describe existing state, define data requirements, guide data integration, and control data assets as put forth in a data strategy.” Data Architecture bridges business strategy and technical execution, and according to our 2017 Trends in Data Architecture Report: “Data Architecture is as much […]

What is Data Cleansing?

Data cleansing (aka data cleaning or data scrubbing) is the act of making system data ready for analysis by removing inaccuracies or errors. This process prevents questionable and costly business decisions based on messy data.  Data volumes and sources have grown much bigger and are expected to scale up even quicker. Companies wish to access […]

What is a Data Container?

A data container is a transportation solution for a database required to run from one computer system to another. A data container is a data structure that “stores and organizes virtual objects (a virtual object is a self-contained entity that consists of both data and procedures to manipulate the data).” This is similar to the packaging of a […]

What is Data Curation?

Data Curation, as defined by The University of Illinois’ Graduate School of Library and Information Science: “is the active and ongoing management of data through its life cycle of interest and usefulness.” Sayeed Choudhury, Associate Dean for Research Data Management at Johns Hopkins University (JHU) and leader of the Data Conservancy, further breaks down Data […]

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