Content is King for Data Stewardship

January 8, 2015

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How many times have you found yourself recreating another spreadsheet, rewriting a rule or description or revising a template? Have you thought about how much time it takes away from more critical responsibilities?

What if you had a place to go where you could store your forms, rules and templates and also gain access to others in your organization, so that you didn’t have to think through all the details including what to incorporate, which systems were involved, which queries were used and which objects were necessary?

For data stewards, or those professionals responsible for data migration, data quality and data governance projects, this is now a reality! The advent of the Cloud has enabled ubiquitous access to stored information. New developments in online user experience have improved and extended users’ ability to easily manage complex scenarios and expertise captured from years of project work has been gathered and encapsulated into dspCloud, a cloud platform devoted specifically to data stewardship.

Expertise is a fundamental part of being able to deliver data stewardship content.

Without years of on-the-ground experience deep in the systems of record for Fortune 500 clients, we would not have been able to deliver the level of content designed to support business-ready data. What that means is that the templates, reports and mappings prebuilt and available through dspCloud are time-tested and created with the understanding of what it means to be business-relevant and how these things need to execute in target systems, such as SAP, Oracle or others. Based on a Business Reference Model (BRM), our content is backed by a library of thousands of callable elements that allow us to work with any system.  We have catalogued more than 60 source systems, countless custom legacy systems and the most complex targets in the industry.  The BRM is why we have the ability to work within the most demanding environments and still deliver projects on time, on budget and with 100% quality data at cutover.

Think about all the work you do to set up mappings and rules – this could be hours upon hours of complex, manual data handling and organization. What if you could store and retrieve this work you just set up and apply it to downstream projects that need to access the same source data, or need to have exactly the same rule applied for consistency across your programs or data governance projects.? This would not only be a huge timesaver, but it would enable you to establish the foundation of a master data system for your rules and other specific project content. All your reports, templates and other prebuilt information could be accessible and shared with a click of a button. And, conversely, all of the content created by your co-workers and placed in dspCloud would be available to you for reference and reuse.

The beauty in all of this is that these things are available today to help you speed up your data quality and data management cycles. Additionally, you can orchestrate your business data based on best practices and your company’s requirements, and all that time spent rehashing rules and mappings and templates can now be turned into a much more rewarding and productive work governing your data.

According to Suhail Doshi in, “Data as a Company’s Secret Weapon”, data is the driving force behind the latest crop of companies looking to eat the Fortune 1000’s lunch. These innovators are utilizing data in ways their incumbents aren’t; they’re using it to learn more about what customers want and need. Not only that, but they’re building a culture that is data driven and where decisions are made with as much empirical data to support a position, instead of intuition and politics. Data has become a resource that has helped efficiently democratize decision making within companies. In short, data is helping companies learn a lot faster which means better products for customers.

When Bill Gates declared “Content is King” in 1996, he was referring to the massive amount of knowledge that could be harnessed and capitalized from the Internet. Little did he know that the phrase would encapsulate so many benefits resulting from Cloud advancements and data management today.


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