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Yearly Archives: 2016

Postcard from Port Elizabeth: Social immersion trip to Ubuntu Education Fund

I just returned from the trip of a lifetime! As cliché as it may be to make that claim, the week I spent in Port Elizabeth, South Africa really was. Different from what might come to mind when someone makes that statement, it was not a lavish, 5 star resort getaway—but it was one of the best weeks of my life by far and the trip was truly unique.

For the 2nd year in a row, Experian Data Quality has supported a partnership with the Ubuntu Education Fund located in the New Brighton township of Port Elizabeth, South Africa. As part of this partnership, employees have the opportunity to travel to Port Elizabeth on a social immersion trip to experience the work that is done by the non-governmental organization (NGO) and to further the relationship between Ubuntu and EDQ. I was fortunate to secure a spot on the trip along with 3 of my co-workers.

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Manual vs. automated data validation

The debate between manual and automated data validation can go something like this:

Data stakeholder 1: “I would like to keep my data in-house and secure; I don’t know how I feel about paying a third-party to validate my database when I could do this myself.”

Data stakeholder 2: “Yes, I hear you, but how much of your team’s time and budget are you willing to dedicate to fixing something by hand when there’s technology that does it automatically?”

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The real MVP of Super Bowl 50: Data

Stephen Ochs Data quality

Every year there is one day where advertisers get ready to empty their pockets and spend to get their brand and messaging in front of millions of users worldwide. With the guarantee of captivating the attentions of possibly the largest stationary audience at one time, advertisers are more willing than ever to spend through the roof to be front and center. This special day comes once a year, and is one of the few times commercials and advertising are paid attention to—looked forward to even—this day is Super Bowl Sunday.

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Our 2016 global data management benchmark report is out!

Shirley Zhao

Every year, Experian Data Quality conducts a global study around the trends in data quality and every year the data reinforces one common theme—that the management of data is becoming an increasingly fundamental focus for business to succeed and grow. This year, our 2016 global data management benchmark report shows no signs of deviating from that theme.

This year’s benchmark report shows that data quality and subsequent data management initiatives are reshaping the very ways in which businesses operate and structure themselves.

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10 do’s and don’ts of data governance

Kelle O'Neal Data governance

Ever feel like you’re spinning your wheels when it comes to implementing a successful (and sustainable) data governance program at your organization?

Don’t worry, you’re not alone.

Many companies repeatedly initiate data governance efforts because their first attempt fell flat or because it’s challenging to sustain the program and demonstrate value over time, particularly within a changing business and personnel environment.

Read on for practical tips to help you focus efforts and limited resources on overcoming common pitfalls and adopting proven best practices for long-term success.

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Five trends from NRF 2016

This week marked the return of the “Big Show,” National Retail Federation’s annual conference (#NRF16), to New York City.  As a first time attendee, I wanted to share some key takeaways and noticeable trends for anyone who wasn’t able to make it, or is thinking about going next year.

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Frequently asked address verification questions

Emily Karam Data cleansing

When choosing which postal service to use for mailing or package delivery, you have plenty of options—but how do you know which one will best fit your needs? Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about the differences between deliverability and address verification for the United States Postal Service (USPS), FedEx, and the United Parcel Service (UPS). 

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Data profiling: Dating your data

It’s no coincidence that “data” and “dating” share the same roots. Your relationships with both databases and another human can be looked at in a similar way! Getting to know either in the beginning stages of a relationship can be daunting, and you may feel like you don't know where to begin. However, just as it is with dating, when you know the right questions to ask, and the right ways to better understand your data, the easier it is to move forward, and all of the unknowns turn into a positive and predictable relationship.

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