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Why Live With Dirty Data? [Part Two]

When implementing a business system, such as an ERP system, it is recommended that the maintenance of clean data is understood and defined.

If you read my post about my parent’s fridge freezer then you will know about the long delay in receiving the product due to missing order information.

Computer based systems work brilliantly when they are full of useful, relevant and accurate information.
They don’t work as well when they have holes in their data. This is where the use of housekeeping routines can become really effective.


The most common approach is to use a report writer associated with your computer system to comb the existing data to look for these ‘holes’.

By reporting these holes on a frequent basis and acting upon them accordingly you can help to maintain your data quality both effectively and efficiently.

And of course, with better quality data you can make better informed decisions for your business.


Have you got well defined reports and routines for maintaining your business data?


Giles Johnston
Author of 'Business Process Re-Engineering', a practical plan to improve business performance.