Data Blunders to Avoid in Your Business

By Special Guest
Hannah Madison

When you are looking for the best options to expand your business, you should always look at data to develop your company. It is easy for you to decide on data as the key to your success, but maintaining your records can pose difficulties for your business. The modern business sector is consistently moving forward, and big data remains a key to keeping your business at the top of your industry. Choosing how to store your information correctly will limit the chances of you falling into the traps that can be associated with master data management.

1. Does Your Backup Work Correctly?

Your backup is a vital part of storing master data or golden records. This data is key to protecting your company from hackers and the problems of data loss through computer and human error. When you are beginning your journey into master data management, you will need to create a testing plan that allows you to ensure your backup data is working and accurate. If you fail to test your master data management software, you will find yourself struggling to adapt should your company suffer a hack or an outage.

2. Are Your Records Accurate?

Dealing with data can be a difficult task for you and your technology department. If you are moving forward with a data collection and management plan, you will need to keep track of the records you keep. Informatica reports many businesses to suffer from inaccurate, or corrupted information held in their golden records. Records that are not updated regularly are open to common mistakes, such as an incorrect address or company name. Making sure every member of your team is updating master records when changes are required is an important step to take.

3. Keep Data at the Heart of Your Processes

The data you collect through your business should be the most important part of developing the software needed to create a master data pan. Your records should be complete at all times and placed at the fore of the work you do to create master data. When you work with a company to create software to store and organize your data, you may find the software takes over the process. When developing or purchasing software, you can be blinded by the tools available in the software you are working with. The options open to you in the development of your software can become more important than the work you are doing with your data. Always keep your data at the heart of the software you are developing without becoming blinded by the tools technology can offer you.

4. Follow the 3-2-1 Rule

How do you store your data? This is the question you need to ask yourself whenever you are looking to create a new piece of software for your company to use to store your data. Data management includes remaining aware of the where, when, and how of record keeping. The 3-2-1 method gives you all the information you need to create a data management policy for your company. Many business leaders ignore the 3-2-1 method, but this is a policy your company cannot afford to ignore. You should ensure you have three different copies of your records held by yourself and at another location. The data you are trying to store should be held in two different forms to keep your company protected. Finally, your data should be held off-site to keep your company safe from criminal activities.

5. Stick to the Data Management Rules

Compliance is a word striking fear into the hearts of millions of data management experts across the planet. Data management compliance rules are in place to make sure your company sticks to the rules to keep your records safe and organized. A major mistake made by many companies is the failure to comply with the policies in place at business and through industrial sectors, according to Medium.

6. A Lack of Understanding

Does everybody in your company understand MDM? The true answer to this question is probably no, because of a lack of education for your employees when you are going through the implementation process. A data blunder you cannot afford to make is the inability to educate your employees about the process and reasons behind the use of MDM for your company. If your employees do not understand the reasoning behind the use of MDM, they cannot hope to work effectively to put your plan into practice.

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