Get Your Data Under Control in 5 Steps

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Learn how to get your data under control in five steps.

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  • 1. GetYourDataUnderControlBySco'D.LoweCo-Founder,ActualTechMediaandSeniorITExecu9ve,CampusWorks,Inc.October2014in5Steps

2. Introduc9onAcrosseveryindustryver9calandwithoutregardfororganiza9onsize,thereisonefactthatremainstrue:thedatadelugeisuponus.Themuch-ballyhooedBigDataphenomenonthatprognos9catorshavewarnedaboutishere.Whetherornotyoureabelieverinthetransforma9onalpowerofdata,itshardtoignorethefactthatorganiza9onsaresimplydrowningindata.Unmanageddata,non-integrateddata,andbaddataingeneralac9velycostacompanyalotofmoney. 3. TableofContents ControllingYourDatain5Steps ImplementaDataGovernanceStructure RefineSoSwareAcquisi9onProcesses UnderstandtheFullDataLifecycle ImplementRobustDataManagementTools Ini9ateaDataCleanupProject Data-drivenBusinessOutcomes Summary 4. ImplementaDataGovernanceStructure Theveryfirststepthatneedstobetakenisestablishingsomekindofgovernancestructuretooverseethecompanysdataefforts. 5. RefineSoAwareAcquisiDonProcesses Bearinmindthatsuccessisntjustaboutprocurement.Successalsoincludestheabilitytoleveragenewtoolsinasseamlessawayaspossibleandforyearstocome.ThisiswhereITnowneedstolearntostepaside.OncethesoSwareisacquired,its9metoletindividualbusinessunitsdowhattheydobestdrivetheirunitsforward. 6. UnderstandtheFullDataLifecycle Itallcomesdowntoaneedtodocumentthefulllifecycleofdataintheorganiza9onandunderstandthevariouswaysthatdataismanipulatedasapartofthatlifecycle. 7. ImplementRobustDataManagementTools Perhapsoneofthemostcri9caltoolsinthiseffortisatoolsuchasAsteraCenterprise,apowerfulyetaccessibledatatransforma9onandintegra9onproduct.WithCenterprise,businessuserscaneasilycreatetheirowncomprehensivedataflowsandworkflows,rebuildbusinessprocesses,andachievedataintegra9oneffortsthatoncewouldhaverequiredteamsofITpeopletoaccomplish. 8. IniDateaDataCleanupProject Oncedatagovernance,productacquisi9on,anddatatoolpurchaseshavebeencompletedandoncethereisbroadunderstandingofthefulldatalifecycleforaspecificbusiness,its9metogetstartedonrigh9ngthedataship.Thisinvolvespungintomo9onabroadprojectintendedtoaddressanydataanomaliesthatmightplaguetheorganiza9on. 9. Data--drivenBusinessOutcomes Singleversionofthetruthforanalyzingcorporatedataandkeepingitcurrent. Abilitytoimprovedata-drivenprocessesisenabledbyconsistentdata. Easieronboardingofnewserviceswithaplanandrealprocessesandproceduresforhandlingnewandexis9ngdata. 10. Summary Qualitydataisthelifebloodofthemodernbusiness.Asbusinessendusersbecomemorecomfortablewithassumingresponsibili9esthatwouldhaveoncefallentoIT,itscri9calthatbusinessesconsidertheen9relifecycleoftheirdatasetsandtakestepstoensurethat,organiza9on---wide,dataworksforthebusinessandbecomesanenablertoongoingsuccess. 11. Wanttolearnmore?Downloadthewhitepaperatastera.com/resource-center 12. AbouttheAuthor Sco'D.LoweisSeniorEditorofEnterpriseStorageGuide.comandHyperConverged.org.ScoahasbeenintheITfieldforclosetotwentyyearsandspenttenofthoseyearsinfillingtheCIOroleforvariousorganiza9ons.Scoaisalsoamicro---analystforWikibonandanInforma9onWeekAnaly9cscontributor.Inaddi9on,Scoahasalsowriaenthousandsofar9clesandblogpos9ngsandhasregularlycontributedtosuchsitesasTechRepublic,Wikibon,andvirtualiza9onadmin.com.Becauseofhisuniqueblendofskills(CIO/strategic&Engineer/tac9cal)Scoaisalsoasought---aSerresourceforspeakingengagements,andmarke9ngcollateral,includingwhitepapersande---books,foravarietyoftechnologyfirms.