Data changemakers 17: Roberto Maranca, Data Excellence VP at Schneider Electric

by Guy Bradshaw on 14 October, 2018

Roberto Maranca is Data Excellence VP at Schneider Electric. A highly-accomplished senior business leader with a wealth of experience across B2B, financial services, banking, and global corporate sectors, he is a committed data management evangelist. In this interview he talks about the importance of the CDO role, why data governance is...

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How to respond to a subject access request

by Rhien Salgado-Jones on 13 September, 2018

The content of this blog is provided for information purposes only and should not be relied upon as legal advice or to determine how GDPR might apply to your organisation.  Analyse the request The first step to analysing your request correctly is very important. The main steps are: Recognise...

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Analysing a GDPR data request

by Rhien Salgado-Jones on 04 September, 2018

The content of this blog is provided for information purposes only and should not be relied upon as legal advice or to determine how GDPR might apply to your organisation.  GDPR has been in place for a while now – have you received a data request and that you’re not...

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Data Changemakers 12: Ido Biger, Chief Data Officer, Yes TV

by Guy Bradshaw on 19 July, 2018

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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Six tips for reviewing your system and data security

by Rhien Salgado-Jones on 18 July, 2018

System and data security are based on three things: confidentiality, integrity and availability. With the updated Data Protection act and GDPR having a huge impact on how organisations treat and manage their data, security is at the forefront of everyone’s minds. There is even more focus on the action...

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IBM Master Data Management Express – your top six questions answered

by Matt Nixon on 10 July, 2018

In this article one of our lead technical consultants, Matt Nixon, provides the “least you should know” information about the IBM MDM Express solution and a 4 minute video overview: What is IBM Master Data Management Express? According to IBM’s website: IBM MDM Express rapidly and easily deploys a...

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Five ways to reach for the skies with your IT architecture

by Matthew Harris on 27 June, 2018

Some of man’s greatest achievements come from our city skylines.  The grandeur of the Empire State Building in New York, the Shard in London or Marina Bay Sands in Singapore, inspires and excites the viewer.  The ability of the architecture and construction of these engineering marvels to inspire and...

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Four reasons why a move to cloud needs good data management

by Kate Tickner on 07 June, 2018

Is your organisation in the middle of or considering a move to Cloud? A you having to step up the pace to keep up with your customer needs? What tactics are you considering to do this – automation? Working with partners like AWS? Or something else? Whatever your decision,...

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Five challenges that most data management projects face

by Kate Tickner on 30 May, 2018

Most organisations nowadays know that they could be doing more with their data, and for many GDPR has provided the impetus to finally get on and actually do it.  Compliance projects are a great opportunity to think about the data you hold, how you collect it and how you...

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Data Changemakers 11: Dr Lorna Walker, Marketing and Analytics Expert

by Guy Bradshaw on 22 May, 2018

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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The DPIA in practice – balancing obligation with opportunity

by Martyn Gurr on 03 May, 2018

Obligation Vs Opportunity The ICO has recently issued detailed guidance on DPIAs (Data Protection Impact Assessments) during a consultation process. Included within the guidance is the list of processing operations required by art 35(4) for which it will require a DPIA to be carried out. One of those operations...

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Data Changemakers 9: Ross Simson, Managing Director, Insight Republic

by Steve Parry on 03 May, 2018

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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Entity Group provides Eccleshall Eagles with some new feathers

by Kate Tickner on 25 April, 2018

Entity Group is proud to sponsor a set of new training jackets for Eccleshall Eagles Junior F.C. in Staffordshire. Eccleshall Eagles Juniors is a community club and actively encourages the local community to become involved in the growth and development of the club. “At Entity Group we have strong company...

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Data Changemakers 10: Rachael Tiffen, Senior Manager, Grant Thornton

by Guy Bradshaw on 24 April, 2018

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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Meet the Master Data Advisors – A Video Introduction

by Kate Tickner on 16 April, 2018

Master Data Advisors – Introduction In our first joint event since our launch in late 2018, Entity Group and parsionate – the Master Data Advisors – are coming together in Berlin this week to share our story with attendees at the Informatica EMEA MDM 360 Summit. Entity Group and parsionate...

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Entity Group listed in the Gartner 2018 Market Guide for MDM ESPs

by Kate Tickner on 27 March, 2018

KENT, UK – 26th March 2018 – Entity Group, is pleased to have been included in Gartner’s March 2018 Market Guide for MDM External Service Providers. The report, which encompasses some of the MDM suppliers globally, states that External Service Providers (ESPs) “provide substantial value in helping organizations develop...

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How publications managers can use big data to power localisation

by Richard Foskett on 13 March, 2018

Big data powers localisation As a publications manager you will be accustomed to being pulled in multiple directions. In global organisations, requiring multiple local versions of various publications your role becomes even more challenging. Your task is to deliver consistently high quality whilst increasing scope, reducing cost and meeting...

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Mastering Big Data – An IBM Approach (Part 2)

by Clive Warwick on 28 February, 2018

Introducing IBM’s Probabilistic Matching Engine In my last post, I discussed the issues that are typically faced when trying to apply data matching techniques to big data.  This post focuses on the IBM Probabilistic Matching Engine (PME), an essential component of IBM’s Big Match product that make it a...

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Mastering Big Data – an IBM approach

by Clive Warwick on 29 January, 2018

Master Data Management & Big Data – an introduction Information professionals are, for the most part, all aware of the hype surrounding big data and, for those of us working at organisations that are running projects in this category, many will be experiencing the problems that such vast volumes...

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Data Changemakers 7: Vanessa Eriksson, CDO Advisor Sweden, PwC

by Steve Parry on 23 January, 2018

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 6: Shane Redding, Owner, Think Direct Ltd

by Kate Tickner on 16 January, 2018

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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Calling all data changemakers – we’re hiring! Come and join us?

by James Wilkinson on 11 January, 2018

The new year has certainly started with a bang and all the evidence points to a bumper year. Data Governance, Information Management and data Science are coming of age and getting the attention that they demand and deserve. Entity continues to focus exclusively on helping our customers through these...

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Data Changemakers 5: Aaron Butcher, Group Head of IT, Survitec Group

by Guy Bradshaw on 09 January, 2018

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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Technical Spotlight 6: D-Harmony – how suitable is your data for matching?

by Matthew Harris on 23 November, 2017

Gaining a full, 360° view of your customers is a goal that many organisations aspire to. It can allow data scientists and data analysts to deliver business value in many areas, for example to find spending patterns (retail) or repeat offenders (policing). It is reasonably well understood that the...

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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 Guy Bradshaw 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 Guy Bradshaw 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 Steve Parry 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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