July Column in DM Review

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Here’s a quick excerpt from my latest “MDM Insights” column in DM Review.

It’s a long journey from the first efforts of “customer cleanup” to a full-fledged data governance program. But that’s where many companies start. They gradually accept that there are issues with their customer data such as:

  • A lack of consistently applied standards and controls,
  • Problems arising from conversion of customer data from acquired companies,
  • Lack of ownership of customer data,
  • Invalid addresses leading to undelivered and returned mail or
  • Customer service problems caused by large numbers of duplicate and inaccurate records.

So they form a committee, hire a consulting firm, and involve their internal IT folks. That’s a great start, but it’s important to realize that this is not a once-and-done project.

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