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IDQ Webinars: with Sherry Michaels


Data Quality Testing - Whose job is it REALLY??


Whose job should it REALLY be to test the data quality rules in your organization?  In this session, we’ll look at the need to have business data experts on the front line of the testing process.  Whether you call them data quality analysts, data scientists, data stewards or another fancy industry name, the fact remains the same:  the people testing your data quality rules and analyzing the outcome of those tests should always be someone with expert knowledge of the data and a clear understanding of how it is used within the business and across the organization.

Throughout the session, we’ll discuss various practices and beliefs found within the data governance process today when it comes to data quality testing and review scenarios that will illustrate the benefit of having business data experts directly involved and responsible when determining whether or not your data is fit for purpose.

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About the Author

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Sherry Michaels is the Data Quality Program Manager at The Hartford responsible for the development, growth and oversight of data quality efforts across the organization. She is closely aligned with the business data governance and stewardship programs to ensure corporate-wide consistency regarding data that is used for processing and decision making every day.

She has 30 years of insurance industry experience, spending the last 10 years in the data quality and data governance space. She had the opportunity to build a data quality program from the ground up, has actively participated in the development of a corporate governance program and has attended many conferences learning and building an invaluable professional network. She is extremely passionate about data quality, especially in an industry that sells an intangible product, and enjoys sharing her experience and insight with others in order to raise awareness of the critical importance of high quality data.

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About the Author

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Robin Rappaport is the Data Quality Team Leader responsible for delivery of the Data Quality Initiative for Research Databases at the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Her work and that of her team contributed to the IRS being awarded a Computerworld Honor and a Government Computer News (GCN) Gala Award. She has over 25 years of experience as a Data Quality practitioner. Her undergraduate degree was in Economics with Computer Science. Her graduate work was in Operations Research with a concentration in Mathematical Modeling in Information Systems. She has worked in both private (6 years) and public sectors (since June 1990). Her positions include Computer Programmer, Systems Analyst, and Operations Research Analyst.

In addition to IQ International, the International Association for Information & Data Quality, she is a member of the Institute for Operations Research and Management Science (INFORMS). She was Chairman, Individual Membership for the Washington, D.C. chapter from 1987- 1990. She was elected Secretary and served from 1990 - 1991.

Contact Robin by email at robin [dot] rappaport [AT] iaidq [dot] org

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