Understanding How Data Flows Through Your Organization

July 26, 2012 Paul M. Davis

The deluge of Big Data is a well-known challenge, but a recent post on the Factual blog draws attention to a problem no less imposing: How does data flow through an organization? For a business to even get a handle on its available data, it must have a “coherent picture of how data flows from beginning to end when it is put to use.” An incoherent or inadequate understanding of this can lead to duplicated efforts by remote teams, and a drain on the knowledge and skills each team has accrued. In the post, Factual offers a step-by-step of how the open data platform organizes and manages its own internal data stack—”the stages in the end-to-end process of putting data to work”—providing useful insight to any data-driven organization.

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