Data management: What I learned from the 2010 Winter Olympics
Interestingly enough, I think the state of Maryland was colder and received more snow during this period, but I digress... I don't know much about these sports as I'm more of a "warm sport" and "American Football" kind of guy, but I found myself fascinated by sports which I've never watched or even knew existed previously. I think I invested close to three hours watching in the woman's curling, I can't quite figure this one out but I found it to be extremely "cool" (no pun intended).
In many of the events these athletes were meeting or beating personal and world records. They fought through tragedy, drama and other trials such as "bad" weather (which kind of means "good" weather to some of us non-snow people) and managed to make the games an exciting event for us couch potatoes.
How does this relate to Data Management you might ask? It's simple, you need to "throw it down"! Stop doing what you've always done because yesterday's practices for solving data issues and data quality problems just isn't going to continue to work forever. Take some time out of your busy day to read about some innovative new data management practices and see what you can do to bring that innovation to your organization. Get really aggressive by pushing some of your data quality programs out as Web Services so real time applications can call them before doing inserts/updates on your tables (not an easy thing to do - more-so because it's a culture change). Build a dashboard which illustrates current data quality issues or data quality issues which you've addressed and logged. Start talking about your data management program to senior managers like it's a separate business unit instead of just a technology shop (ie. avoid technology buzz words and start using business buzz words like ROI).
Do something new and "throw it down"!
Until next time...Rich