Welcome to HSS maiden blog post!
Welcome and thank you for taking the time to read my blog.
It is my mission with this blog to explain in plain terms what data is, and best practices for how to manage it and evaluate systems to help process it, keeping the hype and technical jargon to a minimum
Big Data! BI! Data Analytics! Cloud Storage! And on and on the terms tumble from the mouths of many, telling you that you need to harness Big Data, leverage Big Data, analyze Big Data and soon because if you wait too long you’ll miss the boat and yadda, yadda, da.
A similar hype is cranking up surrounding the Internet of Things. That’ll be all you hear about until everyone’s toaster is connected to the internet. Yes, so I can monitor the toasters actions, umm, because well you never know what the toaster is doing while you’re not home so that’s a very sound reason to want to monitor it.
All joking and sarcasm aside, data plays an important role by providing the information that can guide better decision making by providing a deeper understanding of the key metrics that drive a business.
No, this isn’t about shaming one into adopting better data management practices, but truth be told, data today can be very helpful when properly managed, with the power to transform the way a company gets things done having a positive impact on the bottom line.
For some, the whole data revolution is scary or complicated and poorly understood due to the ‘hype of all things data’. To best manage data, two things are needed;
1. A Plan
Well, I could only think of one. Albeit the most important of them… all… yes. Ahem, so having a plan to start with makes all of the difference between a successful information management process or not that exactly – just some half baked error prone manual process made up as you go sort of plan.
Of course it isn’t as simple as a ‘plan’, that over simplifies things. There is a process that one can follow to help create a good solid data governance plan.
That is where I intend to use this blog; as a medium to share my knowledge and experience having worked with enterprise software, database programming and small to large companies over the past two and a half decades watching and participating in the evolution of software and data expansion all of which I would like to share with you.
This blog will be addressing from start to finish the best advice – based on my experience and knowledge – for structuring a company to optimize business processes, work flow and data governance while reducing the burden that often accompanies poor governance or no solid plan.
Proper data governance can mean a lot to a company’s health and well being as well as for those who work there.
Stay tuned; the next installment in approximately two weeks will explain what data governance is.