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Better Security, Faster Browsing… The Open Source movement


If you have been following the open source movement (wikipedia page), you’re probably very excited about the products that are coming out of it. In short, open source means that the product is free, peer-edited, and often times better than its cost-based counterparts. Take Firefox for example; Firefox is a web browser that runs faster than Internet Explorer, has a far superior security system (fewer exploits and viruses) than Internet Explorer, and this was all created by a not-for-profit foundation called Mozilla with the help of thousands of volunteers. You can click here to install .
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Vegas Conference – Data Quality


This past week I attended the Information and Data Quality Conference at the Palms Hotel in Las Vegas. The conference material was great, and because data quality is an emerging discipline just as data governance is, there were many different approaches and methodologies to implementing data excellence in your organization. Last week I opened up the opportunity for you to steer my data quality conference experience by allowing you to email me with sessions that you’d like notes from… One person took me up on the offer and later this week I’ll provide you with my notes from the session he requested, “Managing Data Quality in an ERP Environment” by Danette McGilvray.

I’d like to start, though, with key takeaways from my half-day session (on the 1st day): “Using Data Profiling for Proactive Data Quality Improvement” by David Plotkin of Wells Fargo Bank. As you probably know by now, I maintain that a good data quality program is a key piece to making Data Governance successful (and vice-versa). This session included some great tips for starting and sustaining data quality. Read on for notes from the session…
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