This is Part 1 of 2 from my recent discussion with Tom Redman. In this episode, Tom and I discuss concepts from one of my favorite data quality books, which is his most recent book: Data Driven: Profiting from Your Most Important Business Asset.
Our discussion includes viewing data as an asset, an organization’s hierarchy of data needs, a simple model for culture change, and attempting to achieve the “single version of the truth” being marketed as a goal of master data management (MDM).
Dr. Thomas C. Redman (the “Data Doc”) is an innovator, advisor, and teacher. He was first to extend quality principles to data and information in the late 80s. Since then he has crystallized a body of tools, techniques, roadmaps and organizational insights that help organizations make order-of-magnitude improvements.
More recently Tom has developed keen insights into the nature of data and formulated the first comprehensive approach to “putting data to work.” Taken together, these enable organizations to treat data as assets of virtually unlimited potential.
Tom has personally helped dozens of leaders and organizations better understand data and data quality and start their data programs. He is a sought-after lecturer and the author of dozens of papers and four books.
Prior to forming Navesink Consulting Group in 1996, Tom conceived the Data Quality Lab at AT&T Bell Laboratories in 1987 and led it until 1995. Tom holds a Ph.D. in statistics from Florida State University. He holds two patents.
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Win a copy of the Book
Tom Redman wants to give one OCDQ Radio listener a free copy of Data Driven: Profiting from Your Most Important Business Asset
Here is how the book contest will work:
(1) Book Contest Question — Name at least one of the five aspects of the hierarchy of data and information needs that was described by Tom Redman during this OCDQ Radio episode.
(2) Book Contest Deadline — By or before March 31, 2012, Email Jim Harris with your answer to the book contest question.
(3) Book Contest Winner — In April 2012, one winner will be randomly selected from the emails containing the correct answer to the contest question, and Tom Redman (or his publisher) will email the winner requesting a shipping address for the book.
Related OCDQ Radio Episodes
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- Organizing for Data Quality — Guest Tom Redman (aka the “Data Doc”) discusses how your organization should approach data quality, including his call to action for your role in the data revolution.
- Making EIM Work for Business — Guest John Ladley discusses his book Making EIM Work for Business, exploring what makes information management, not just useful, but valuable to the enterprise.
- The Johari Window of Data Quality — Guest Martin Doyle discusses helping people better understand their data and assess its business impacts, not just the negative impacts of bad data quality, but also the positive impacts of good data quality.
- Studying Data Quality — Guest Gordon Hamilton discusses the key concepts from recommended data quality books, including those which he has implemented in his career as a data quality practitioner.
- The Blue Box of Information Quality — Guest Daragh O Brien on why Information Quality is bigger on the inside, using stories as an analytical tool and change management technique, and why we must never forget that “people are cool.”
- Master Data Management in Practice — Guests Dalton Cervo and Mark Allen discuss their book MDM in Practice, and how to properly prepare for a new MDM program.