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Fundamentals of Data Literacy

Every organization, in every industry, should adopt a data-literate culture. What does that mean? How can data literacy be socialized in existing organizations? Introduction In many organizations, data is the product. In most other enterprises, data is an essential component of operations and decision-making. Historically, the access to data has been in the hands of selected experts, such as analysts

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The Importance of Data Mapping for Data Integration Projects

Data mapping (source-to-target mapping) is an essential activity for all data integration, business intelligence, and analytics initiatives Introduction Data mapping is among the most important design steps in data migration, data integration, and business intelligence projects. Mapping source to target data greatly influences project success – perhaps more than any other task. The outcome of the mapping process is a

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Metadata based ETL Transforms Data Integration

Metadata-based extraction, transformation, and loading (ETL) can support a new approach to any organization’s data integration and development practices Introduction Traditional extraction, transformation and loading (ETL) software is a computer programming tool that enables a developer to create custom ETL code. Custom coding is a management challenge with expensive overhead and complex coordination between the business, application, and data teams.

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Most Popular Phishing Scams

With cyber-crime on the rise and sophistication levels escalating, educating people against the most common attacks is essential Introduction Phishing is a technique that is used to get confidential data from individuals and companies into the hands of criminals with the purpose of extracting money, cloning identities, and ruining reputations. Here are the five most common types to be vigilant

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Networking for Career Success

Relationship-building, career management, professional networking, career development are all essential components to a successful professional career Introduction Professional networks play a vital role in career management and development. As data science evolves, data management professionals are tasked with not only mastering technical skills, but also cultivating human skills, such as the ability to form strong business relationships. Certifications and continued

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Implementing an Enterprise Data Services Office

Development of a data-centric enterprise architecture requires a new approach to data management, one that respects business requirements. Introduction Moving toward a data-centric enterprise architecture also affects relationships between data stakeholders and requires rethinking the data management organization and rules. It also suggests that the integration of these changes in an enterprise architecture can be carried out according to a

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Data Governance Program Team Structure

Every Data Governance program needs a team to coordinate and manage its activities, and a leader to oversee the team’s responsibilities and guide its interactions with the rest of the organization   Introduction Many organizations struggle with the design and implementation of their data governance programs for a variety of reasons. They may not understand the need for an enterprise

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Foundations of Data Extraction Transform Load (ETL)

Data extraction, transformation, and loading processes enable many activities in information technology projects. Understanding the concepts and practices of ETL is essential for all data and technology professionals Introduction Data extract, transform, load (ETL) is a process of copying data from one or more sources into a target system which is usually designed to represent the data differently from the

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Foundations of Business Architecture

Every organization needs a business architecture – the blueprint that explains the structure of the enterprise capabilities, business processes, and information exchanges, connecting strategy with execution Introduction A Business Architecture describes the business processes and functions needed to support an enterprise’s business strategy.  It consists of requirements, principles, and models of the enterprise’s business processes.  The goal of the Business

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