The Growing Importance of Good Data Governance in the BI Age

by Mark Peterman
Where would we as a society be without good governance? Presumably we’d still be hunting and gathering while throwing rocks at neighboring tribes if they dared to wander too close. Good governance allows for a group of people to all put their shoulders to the wheel and push in the…
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6 Lessons Learned Serving the Foodbank

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The CSG team took a break from writing software for our clients one morning in September. We spent that time serving the St. Louis community by packing boxes of food for distribution at the St. Louis Foodbank. It was a great experience. One that I expect we’ll repeat again soon.…
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Does Your Business Need a Data Warehouse?

by Mark Peterman
With businesses the world over beginning to understand the value of data and the knowledge and insights that can come from dataanalysis, more and more choose to capitalize on the opportunities that it offers up. A data warehouse is exactly what it says on the label– a repository of data,…
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The Ultimate Data Strategy: The Key Elements

by Mark Peterman
Inspired by this recent Harvard Business Review article, over the past few weeks we’ve had a close look at modern day data strategy. We’ve spoken at length about data truth,  data architectures, striking a difference between defense and offense and the value that a Chief Data Officer can bring to…
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Where Does Your Company Sit on the Data Strategy Spectrum?

by Mark Peterman
The ability to manage unending amounts of data is more important now than it has ever been for businesses. The emergence over the last few decades of both professionals in the field (such as Chief Data Officers) and ever more capable computing systems have made it possible for any organization…
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Should You Invest in a Chief Data Officer for Your Data Strategy?

by Mark Peterman
Big data is big business. The insights that business intelligence fueled by big data now offers up would have been hard to imagine not a decade ago. In this new age of business intelligence, organizations can more quickly move to exploit new markets, identify and nullify threats and analyze their…
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The Truth about Data Truth: SSoT vs MVoT

by Mark Peterman
In our last article we looked at the differences between data and information – data being the raw binary code that businesses mine, and information being that very same data but ‘endowed with relevance and purpose’. Raw sales data by itself, for example, can be meaningless. But put it in…
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Data Strategy: The Difference between Information Architecture and Data Architecture

by Mark Peterman
Information and data – the words are seemingly interchangeable. Data is information. Information, particularly when discussed in terms of technology, is data. In polite conversation this statement generally holds true. But when talking data strategy, information and data are entirely different beasts. Understanding their differences, and correctly handling the data…
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