Master Data Advisors launched by Entity and parsionate

by Kate Tickner on 17 November, 2017

Entity Group and parsionate Announce Master Data Advisors Providing Global Clients With Top Level Expertise and Scale from Local Companies. Kent, UK: Entity Group and parsionate today announced a partnership between the two companies called Master Data Advisors to provide global enterprises with greater choice when selecting a partner...

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Artificial Intelligence – Disillusion or Revolution?

by David Balzan on 16 November, 2017

Interest in Artificial Intelligence and related methods such as deep learning and machine learning are at an all-time high.  Our news feeds are packed with sensational articles from mainstream journalists and various click-bait titles. Back in July, Gartner’s latest annual Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies, 2017 report placed deep...

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Data Changemakers 3: Cliff Gibson, Owner, DBR Data

by Kate Tickner on 14 November, 2017

The Data Changemakers series is a set of interviews and interactions with people who have spent their careers working in or around data and data management initiatives. They have a vision for the data journey and we want to understand what they have learnt and how that drives what...

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Data Changemakers 2: Hilary Simpson, Founder, Sleuth Co-op

by Kate Tickner on 07 November, 2017

The Data Changemakers series is a set of interviews and interactions with people who have spent their careers working in or around data and data management initiatives. They have a vision for the data journey and we want to understand what they have learnt and how that drives what...

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7 key considerations for a successful PIM initiative

by Vivek Bhatnagar on 06 November, 2017

Challenges caused by bad product data Effective management of Product Information or PIM is one area of Enterprise Information Management that can make a real difference to the bottom-line of a company. It should absolutely be part of any digital transformation initiative and is particularly important for companies with...

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Data Changemakers 1: James Wilkinson, CEO, Entity Group

by Kate Tickner on 31 October, 2017

The Data Changemakers series is a set of interviews and interactions with people who have spent their careers working in or around data and data management initiatives. They have a vision for the data journey and we want to understand what they have learnt and how that drives what...

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Five data properties to consider for great MDM matching results

by Matthew Harris on 25 October, 2017

The importance of understanding your data This blog, the fifth in our series is going to try and spark your imagination when it comes to data, invite you to start to think about fundamental aspects of that data, and how you could use those fundamentals to your advantage. It...

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Comparing algorithms – how to decide which one is better?

by Matthew Harris on 17 October, 2017

Evaluating Matching When implementing an MDM solution, or any matching algorithm, you may be replacing a previous matching algorithm. You will need to be really sure that the new algorithm will be an improvement on the old one. However, knowing which algorithm is better, or worse, is a challenging...

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How to evaluate the performance of matching algorithms – top tips

by Matthew Harris on 19 September, 2017

It can be difficult to evaluate the performance of matching algorithms. However there are several ways to determine how accurate they are and the actionable insight that could be gained by applying them to the data related to your business challenges. In a technical sense, there are 2, and only...

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How to optimise probabilistic matching performance on massive data sets

by Matthew Harris on 13 September, 2017

Within a probabilistic matching* engine (PME) there are 3 key stages: Standardization Candidate Selection Comparison *For an explanation of probabilistic matching see my previous blog here. These 3 key stages, when implemented together, allow for very efficient performance on massive data sets, both in terms of speed of matching...

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Three questions to help start your data management journey

by Kate Tickner on 04 September, 2017

Three is a good number of questions to start with for any organisation that wants to get a grip on its data management to drive business value. After all, according to Schoolhouse Rock and, thereafter De La Soul, three is the magic number. Once you’ve established what your goals are...

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Our Take on Gartner’s Master Data Management Advice

by Kate Tickner on 01 August, 2017

Entity Group has, for the third year in succession, been included in the Gartner Market Guide for MDM External Service Providers, published March 2017 (ESPs). We are delighted to be listed once again by Gartner for MDM solutions. This discussion considers our take on the report – where we...

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Entity Listed in Gartner’s 2017 Market Guide for MDM External Service Providers

by Kate Tickner on 01 August, 2017

The 2017 Gartner’s Market Guide for Master Data Management External Service Providers lists Entity’s MDM offerings throughout the US and EMEA KENT, UK – 1st August 2017 – Entity Group, the leading independent specialist in the provision of Information Management, Data Governance, and Master Data Management services and solutions to large...

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Why probabilistic matching is not a black box

by Matthew Harris on 27 July, 2017

What is probabilistic matching and who cares? If you are a developer then you probably (!) already know that it is possible to trace back everything that happens in a probabilistic algorithm and why it happens. If you are a business lead interested in business outcomes only then perhaps...

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Digital Transformation – it’s not about the bucket

by James Wilkinson on 07 July, 2017

As consumers, “digital” has already fundamentally changed the way we shop, learn, communicate, entertain ourselves and in some cases meet our significant others. Yet, less than 20 years ago, conventional wisdom assumed that people would never use their credit cards on the internet. Conventional wisdom was wrong. Most businesses...

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The Chief Data Officer role is created. Long Live the CDO!

by Kate Tickner on 30 June, 2017

In my last blog I mentioned that I had used Wikipedia to look up “Chief Data Officer”. One of the links I found there was this one. It is an Information Week story about the announcement of a formal Chief Data Officer role at Citigroup in 2006 which it...

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Why be a Chief Data Officer?

by Kate Tickner on 27 June, 2017

Recently I searched Wikipedia on “Chief Data Officer” in order to see how it is defined and what other sources of information its pages might lead me to and I was not disappointed*. (Yes Jimmy Wailes, I contributed to this year’s fundraiser!). Why was I looking up this term?...

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People, Process, Technology – a Data Management Love Triangle

by Kate Tickner on 27 June, 2017

Yes you read that correctly. Although of course it’s intended to get your attention and what I really mean is that for good data management – the type that will deliver business value from your data – what you need to do is think about 3 things: People, Process...

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Thoughts on the general data protection regulation (GDPR)

by Kate Tickner on 11 May, 2017

The impact of GDPR is ubiquitous in the information management industry right now. It is also the topic of many of the conversations we are having with clients. We recently undertook a piece of research (jointly with our partner Informatica) into the impact of GDPR in the public sector. This has...

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A six-step action plan for EU GDPR consent mastering

by Jason Edge on 20 March, 2017

Why GDPR is relevant to all of us All EU citizens, as data subjects, have a vested interest in industry getting GDPR compliance right because it can impact our trust in the organisations who hold and process our most personal information. If you are a Data Controller or Data...

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Why GDPR and data strategy are two sides of the same coin

by Jason Edge on 16 March, 2017

Crossing the GDPR data delta At Entity Group we see GDPR as an opportunity for organisations acting in the role of data controllers and data processors to build trust with data subjects (the individuals whose data they hold) to become truly customer/citizen/employee centric. All too often organisations do not...

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Who’s afraid of the big bad GDPR?

by Jason Edge on 06 March, 2017

The General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR. Four letters that may be striking fear into the heart of your organisation. Why? Yes, the potential fines are scary (up to 4% of global turnover)… Yes, there are significant unknowns… Yes, it is potentially a massive change of mindset… But what...

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