Category Archives: Technical Spotlight

MDM Express

IBM Master Data Management Express – your top six questions answered

Posted on 10 July, 2018 by

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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Mastering Big Data – An IBM Approach (Part 2)

Posted on 28 February, 2018 by

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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Huge growth of data

Mastering Big Data – an IBM approach

Posted on 29 January, 2018 by

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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Matchability D Harmony

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

Posted on 23 November, 2017 by

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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Wax on Wax off

Five data properties to consider for great MDM matching results

Posted on 25 October, 2017 by

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?

Posted on 17 October, 2017 by

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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Matching Thresholds

How to evaluate the performance of matching algorithms – top tips

Posted on 19 September, 2017 by

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

Posted on 13 September, 2017 by

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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Black Boxes

Why probabilistic matching is not a black box

Posted on 27 July, 2017 by

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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