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Secrets of Analytical Leaders by Wayne Eckerson

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CHAPTER 14

HOW DO YOU DELIVER QUALITY DATA FOR ANALYTICS?

It's been said, “The guy with the best data wins.” Since data is the fuel for analytics, it's no wonder that analytical leaders spend a great deal of time gathering, organizing, documenting, and preparing data before they create a single pivot table, scatterplot, or linear regression. Without good data, there's nothing to analyze. Good analytical organizations are like professional house painters who spend 85% of their time scraping, sanding, and cleaning surfaces before they apply a drop of paint. Like good painters, analytical leaders know that without adequate preparation, all is for naught.

For most analytical leaders, data management revolves around data warehousing. Darren Taylor ...

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