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Welcome to the Enterprise Data Management Research Center by Datasource Consulting.

Webinars

Enterprise Data Management is continually evolving. New demands from businesses, regulatory agencies, governments, and ever changing platforms require ongoing adoption of best practices.

  • April 10, 2017
    Is domain-centric MDM dead?
    Host: Solomon Williams
    Presenter: Conrad Chuang
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    Solomon Williams and Conrad Chuang discuss the changing demands on master data management programs, its ramifications, the change in perspective, and the impact on today’s enterprises. Master data management programs used to be domain-specific - you were either working on a customer or product MDM. But today, MDM has shed its domain-centricity and is now process-oriented. Modern multi-domain MDM programs support key business processes, such as Idea to Opportunity, Opportunity to Market, Market to Order, and Order to Cash.

  • September 19, 2016
    Metadata Management
    Host: Mike Lutito
    Presenter: Dalton Cervo
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    Metadata Management is one of the most overlooked data management disciplines. Its complexity and often-underestimated benefits are typically the culprits. However, Metadata Management is a foundational discipline that can further mature other data management initiatives, especially Data Quality Management, Data Governance, and Data Stewardship. This presentation details the many aspects of Metadata Management as well as its positive impact when applied in coordination with other data management disciplines.

  • August 31, 2016
    Heading Off the Analytics Zombie Apocalypse
    Host: Debora Langer
    Presenter: Grant Sutton
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    Learn how Data Governance can deliver significant value quickly, build better relationships with BI teams, and defend your company against the coming Analytical Zombie Apocalypse. Based on real-life experience in organizations like yours, this session shows you how to enliven your reporting, analytics, and metrics efforts through your Data Governance capabilities.

  • August 24, 2016
    Dealing with Executive Attention Span Disorder
    Host: Mike Lutito
    Presenter: Grant Sutton
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    In this presentation, we'll address the plague of Executive Attention Span Disorder (EASD) and proven strategies to make sure your long-running enterprise data program (BI, Data Governance, Metadata, Data Warehouse, etc.) won't be abandoned after the first three months.

  • August 17, 2016
    Selling Strategic Data Governance
    Host: Debora Langer
    Presenter: Grant Sutton
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    You know you need Data Governance, but how do you convince the people in your organization to invest in a long-term program?

    Many prefer to focus on things that can be completed in 90 days or less and deliver value immediately. The best-designed DG program can fail or never launch in the first place when not sold properly. Get some great ideas from our hard-won experience selling, designing, and running successful enterprise data governance programs.

  • July 14, 2016
    Social MDM: The Next Logical Step
    Host: Debora Langer
    Presenter: Solomon Williams
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    A common goal of MDM implementations is to create an accurate, uniform, 360 degree view of the customer. Accurate, consistent views provide for an enhanced customer experience for multi-channel interactions as well as cross-sell, up-sell opportunities. The next logical step for advancing the usefulness of the master data record is to include the social media touch points of the customer. By leveraging social media data to enrich the existing MDM customer record, a direct line of marketing has just been opened to the customer. However, this is not without its challenges.

    This presentation defines the “value proposition” of social media data enrichment by discussing:

    • Integrating social media data acquisition into the Master Data Strategy
    • Tapping into the social media information pool
    • Determining which data elements should be mastered

  • June 16, 2016
    Reference Data Management
    Host: Debora Langer
    Presenter: Solomon Williams
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    In this webinar, we define reference data and Reference Data Management and identify the sources of reference data. We discuss how a lack of managed reference data impacts an organization and several key aspects of a reference data management capability.

  • June 7, 2016
    Master Data Management:
    The Essentials
    Host: Debora Langer
    Presenter: Solomon Williams
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    In this webinar, Datasource Master Data Management Practice Lead, Solomon Williams, provides a high level introduction to both master data and MDM, while discussing the many sources of master data. He also looks at at how master data impacts an organization and provide several use cases for MDM.

  • November 19, 2015
    Is Data Quality in Your DNA?
    Host: Debora Langer
    Presenter: Sally McCormack
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    "Is Data Quality in Your DNA" is the case study of Illumina, a leading manufacturer of tools for genetic research. The case study follows Illumina as they migrate over 100 legacy ERP systems into a single ERP environment.

  • August 24, 2015
    InfaTools Stage Mapping Accelerator
    Host: Debora Langer
    Presenter: Jerry Perez
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    InfaTools Stage Mapping Accelerator is a tool Datasource leverages to enable faster project delivery. It is a streamlined application that provides seamless interaction with Informatica PowerCenter to generate stage mappings, sessions and workflows, eliminating the need for additional applications.

  • September 25, 2014
    Data Governance Tips & Advice for Building & Strengthening a Data Governance Program
    Host: Debora Langer
    Presenter: Tim Patnode
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    Developing processes and methods to define the handling of data within an organization can be challenging. This can be even more difficult when faced with external regulations or compliance considerations (HIPAA, PCI, SOX). These best practices are critical to ensure data quality, reduce risk and allow organizations to leverage the full value of their enterprise data.

    At Datasource Consulting, we have worked through these challenges first hand and have helped our clients stand-up efficient and well-orchestrated Data Governance Programs. Let us share our insight by joining us for an informative webinar, Data Governance: Tips & Advice for Building and Strengthening a Data Governance Program.

    This webinar covers:

    • Best practices for building an effective data governance program
    • How to start a data governance program from the ground up
    • Lessons learned from healthcare & HIPAA
    • Overcoming common implementation challenges
  • August 1, 2014
    Benefits of Leveraging Data Models
    Host: Debora Langer
    Presenter: Len Silverstone
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    In today’s age of agile development, increasing pressures to deliver, and the importance of developing high quality models, how can we afford not to look at proven models that can save time, reduce cost and increase quality?

    Universal Data Models and Datasource Consulting have now teamed up in a partnership to provide even more outstanding solutions.

    • The what, why, and how to re-use Universal Data Models
    • Case studies of organizations that have benefited from the use of Universal Data Models
    • Pitfalls regarding re-using models
    • How to do ‘agile data modeling’ using Universal Data Models
    • Examples of Universal Data Models
    • Support evolving demands for business information, quickly and accurately
    • How to ensure continuously high quality data models with much lower risk of errors
    • Communicate and collaborate best practice data modeling throughout an organization

  • June 26, 2014
    Implementing Effective Data Quality
    Host: Debora Langer
    Presenter: Sally McCormack
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    This webinar will discuss tips and tricks for implementation and provide insight into why data quality is a crucial component of any Enterprise Information Management (or EIM) solution. The webinar is quick, concise and to the point so you will quickly know if you should focus on the importance of Data Quality for your enterprise.

    The importance of Data Quality is rising in today’s enterprise business world. According to TDWI, the cost of bad data is more than $600 billion annually in the United States. Low data quality can cause a variety of challenges for your business including:

    • Low customer satisfaction and loss of customers
    • Misguided business decisions
    • Missed opportunities
    • Financial inaccuracies and mistakes
    • Legal and monetary penalties and
    • Negative company image

  • April 25, 2014
    Working with Redshift:
    Amazon’s Affordable MPP Analytic Cloud Database
    Host: Steve Dine
    Presenter: Chun Wu
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    Amazon Redshift is a fast, fully managed, petabyte-scale data warehouse service that makes it simple and cost-effective to efficiently analyze all your data using your existing business intelligence tools. Cloud-based data warehouse solutions have been gaining a lot of attention. Amazon Redshift is a leader in this space, with its cloud based, MPP analytic columnar database offering.

    1. Custom Redshift Demo
    2. An Introduction to Amazon
    3. How to get started
    4. Common tips and best practices

  • March 27, 2014
    ROI of BI: Measuring the Value of Business Intelligence
    Host: Debora Langer
    Presenter: Dr. Robert Conway
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    Business Intelligence/Data Warehouse (BI/DW) solutions often require a multi-million dollar investment for even modest size companies. Senior management certainly concedes that timely, reliable information is essential to business operations, but they are challenged to demonstrate real cost savings or revenue creation directly attributable to the Business Intelligence and Data Warehouse investment. In these challenging economic times, BI/DW programs are coming under increasing scrutiny to justify their budgets relative to competing investments.

    The presentation will use two Business Intelligence & Data Warehouse case studies to show a measurable financial return that far exceeds the initial investment. These two examples will be used to illustrate a general protocol for scoping and managing BI/DW projects to ensure that the value proposition is quantitative and demonstrable.

  • March 21, 2014
    Data-Model Driven BI Agility
    Host: Debora Langer
    Presenter: Dr. Robert Conway
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    There is much interest in leveraging agile methods for delivering DW/BI applications cheaper, faster and better than traditional approaches. The agility arises from narrowly focused project scope, iterative sprint development efforts, and active participation of business users to prioritize scope and functionality of successive iterations until the desired functionality is achieved.

    However, many agile projects minimize the data modeling discipline and architecture principals in order to preserve their short and focused sprints. This often results in a portfolio of disparate, point solutions with considerable data redundancy and data inconsistencies across BI applications. Although each application may serve its purpose and provided business value, the portfolio becomes unmanageable from a maintenance and integration perspective.

    Agile development and enterprise integration need not be mutually exclusive. This webinar will outline an architecture and methodology to achieve both by leveraging data modeling techniques, tools, and metadata management.

  • March 20, 2014
    Data Masking – How to Protect Your Sensitive Data
    Host: Debora Langer
    Presenter: Yelena McElwain
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    Data Masking is a growing concern for major corporations.

    Data security, regulatory and audit compliance require organizations to protect sensitive data such as personally identifiable information (Pii). Having been involved in numerous projects using data masking, Datasource Consulting understands the complexity, challenges and nuances for successfully completing such projects.

    Join Business Intelligence Consultant, Yelena McElwain, for an informative session that will discuss many of the practical approaches and potential pitfalls associated with Data Masking. She will take you on an in depth tour of the rules and techniques commonly associated with data masking projects.

  • December 15, 2013
    Predictive Analytics Demystified
    Host: Debora Langer
    Presenter: Dr. Robert P. Conway
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    Much attention has been paid, appropriately, to building the data warehouse. Architecture, ETL, BI tools, appliances, and agile methodology are certainly relevant to building a data environment optimized for analysis and reporting. However, this discussion will focus on using the data warehouse.

    Predictive Analytics leverages advanced statistical modeling to produce powerful forecasting tools. With such tools, one can produce reliable sales forecasts, define staffing needs, set inventory levels and refine manufacturing schedules. Predictive models project the optimal replacement frequency of aircraft parts avoiding expensive or dangerous in-service failures. Actuaries use statistical models to set competitive insurance premiums that cover health care costs with reasonable profit margin.

    The presentation will start with a reminder look at simple linear regression and correlation and expand into more advanced analytics such as multivariate regression and principal component analysis. It will offer suggestions for initiating advance analytical techniques in your organization and avoiding many of the common pitfalls.

  • November 6, 2013
    BI Agility Through Data Virtualization
    Host: Debora Langer
    Presenter: Steve Dine
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    There has been a common and consistent complaint across nearly every organization – “It takes too long to get the information I need to make decisions!” Businesses are frustrated with the complexity of their data.

    This then turns us back to why we began investing in a BI solution to begin with, eliminating multiple versions of the truth. Have we even made any progress? Does this sound familiar?

    This webinar will go over innovative changes that can be made to help put the business back into Business Intelligence.

    You may have heard a lot about Agile development methodologies and how they can help increase the velocity of your BI program. This session will first focus on the tools, methods, and best practices that can help your BI program become more agile. Then we’ll discuss how Data Virtualization can be used to dramatically shorten the lifecycle of information delivery while maintaining data governance and helping your BI program become more agile.

Articles & White Papers

Featured Articles of the Business Intelligence Research Center

Case Studies

We offer a wide variety of BI solutions for our clients primarily focusing our efforts on back-end solutions for mid-sized to Fortune 500 companies.

Manufacturing Data Warehouse

Manufacturing
Data Warehouse

This global manufacturer of diversified industrial and automotive goods was in need of a data warehouse before partnering with Datasource. We provided multiple ETL developers and a reporting consultant to combine data from 23 different global ERPs into a Global Sales and Standard Margin Data Warehouse.

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Manufacturing Informatica Data Quality

Manufacturing
Informatica Data Quality

The top manufacturer turned to Datasource Consulting to build an environment and solution for data quality improvements. After consulting with company leaders, the team chose to integrate Informatica Data Quality (IDQ) Solution as part of their overall Enterprise Data Management (EDM) strategy.

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Email Platform Data Warehouse Architecture

Email Platform
Data Warehouse Architecture

Datasource helped this top email platform provider build an Enterprise Data Warehouse Architecture to measure corporate-wide performance and business outcomes, as well as aid in important strategic decision-making.

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Military Recruiting Intelligence

Military
Recruiting Intelligence

Datasource helped this branch of the U.S. Armed Forces generate actionable insights from its marketing and outreach efforts through the development of a custom reporting solution.

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Sporting Goods Retailer Business Intelligence & Analytics Solution

Sporting Goods Retailer
Business Intelligence & Analytics Solution

Datasource Consulting helped this major sporting goods retailer to better understand their customer loyalty and generate an expected ROI of 361% on their BI initiative.

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Pharmaceuticals Data Management Program

Pharmaceuticals
Data Management Program

Datasource helped a publicly traded pharmaceutical company achieve high operational performance by implementing an end-to-end financial data warehouse and BI solution.

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Financial Services Data Integration Optimizations Intelligence

Financial Services
Data Integration Optimizations Intelligence

Datasource helps a leading mutual fund company improve their data integration architecture.

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Merchant Processing Data Management Program

Merchant Processing
Data Management Program

With our help, this payment processing provider was able to universally define and subsequently track key business metrics such as profitability, strategy, management, and partnerships.

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Credit Union Data Warehouse Modernization Solution

Credit Union
Data Warehouse Modernization Solution

Datasource partners with this credit union to perform a vendor neutral assessment and create a strategic roadmap to modernize its data warehouse.

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Healthcare External Encounters Solution

Healthcare
External Encounters Solution

Datasource partners with top healthcare provider to implement an External Encounter Data Mart (EEDM), giving business users streamlined access to more accessible, accurate data while automating business processes and accelerating operations.

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Healthcare Data Governance Solution

Healthcare
Data Governance Solution

Datasource partners with top healthcare provider to implement a comprehensive Data and Analytics Excellence program to manage all insurance claim activity, approximately $1 billion in costs managed annually.

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Healthcare Marketing Intelligence

Healthcare
Marketing Intelligence

Datasource partners with a top integrated healthcare company for a next-generation data warehouse, enabling the organization's Market Intelligence team to make informed decisions regarding clinic expansion, service offerings, and patient care.

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Life Sciences Data Management Program

Life Sciences
Data Management Program

Datasource partners with life sciences organization to create a data management program for expediting monthly and quarterly close processes and ensuring regulatory compliance.

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Life Sciences Data Quality Initiative

Life Sciences
Data Quality Initiative

Datasource Consulting helps leading genetic sequencing firm to cleanse data in preparation for an ERP data migration.

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Military Recruiting Intelligence

Military
Recruiting Intelligence

Datasource helped this branch of the U.S. Armed Forces generate actionable insights from its marketing and outreach efforts through the development of a custom reporting solution.

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Pet Supply Retailer Data Integration Optimization

Pet Supply Retailer
Data Integration Optimization

Datasource implements new Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) for a leading pet supply retailer and coordinates migration with the over 600 of the client's vendors.

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Credit Union Business Intelligence & Analytics Solution

Credit Union
Business Intelligence & Analytics Solution

Leading credit union deploys an enterprise grade analytics tool for more flexible, reliable reporting and advanced analytics.

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