Feeds

Crap data not my problem

Go ask somebody else

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

High performance access to file storage

Getting IT professionals to tell you about how poorly the information needs of users are catered for in their organisation is easy. Time and time again, we have run surveys and workshops on The Register that confirm the issues around fragmentation, duplication, inconsistency and how application vendors don't make it easy to get at information accumulated in transaction systems.

IT pros are also very open about the complacency of management and fragmentation of budgets conspiring to prevent money and resource ever getting allocated to sorting things out properly, meaning the silos of information and activity persist, or worse still, continue to proliferate. Then we hear complaints about users creating as many problems as they solve with their DIY attempts to work around the issues by manipulating stuff offline with Excel and other desktop tools.

Meanwhile, if the feedback is to be believed, a lot of business people out there are continuing to make dodgy decisions based on crap data.

Trying to get those in IT to talk about how to tackle this state of affairs is remarkably difficult, however. In some cases this might be because they have their heads down on specific application projects and are too busy to look up at the bigger picture. With others, it could be because they have tried to tackle the problem of joining the dots with some kind of silo-busting architectural approach to information management in the past and found it was just too hard to pull off. Whether it's for these or other reasons, it seems as if the problem of crap data is something everyone acknowledges, but no one wants to take responsibility for.

And to aggravate the situation, everyone seems to have accepted that user demands and expectations are escalating, to the point that we got it in the neck from one reader when we asked the following question in our last poll on the subject:

Q: Do you see a growing demand for more relevant, accurate and timely information within the business?

When he saw this, Trevor Pott posted the following comment:

Now, I normally love Freeform, and their varied and many polls. But seriously...

"Do you see a growing demand for more relevant, accurate and timely information within the business?"

This is like asking "Do you see a growing demand for clean air, potable water and adequate sustenance?" Or, "does your business demonstrate a growing demand for revenue, profit, or expanded customer base?'

Anyone who answers "no" to a question like that is not going to be in business very long.

The correct question/answer set is:

"Can you foresee a time at which it will be possible to adequately meet the demand for more relevant, accurate and timely information within the business?"

A) No
B) Hell No
C) I put the lotion in the basket! Leave me alone!

Hat tip to Trevor for highlighting a (hopefully) uncharacteristic clichéd opening to a Freeform poll (we'll cop that one), but we do go on to ask some more crunchy questions in an attempt to get under the skin of how things are changing and the kinds of approaches readers see as relevant and useful to at least move the game forward.

It's probably worth saying that when constructing the poll, we deliberately tried to avoid the trap of using the simplistic ambiguous language we often hear from vendors, so it might look a bit wordy as some of the options and approaches we list are quite descriptive. If you are interested in talking about solutions as well as problems, though, and have a spare 5 minutes, we'd appreciate you having a crack at the poll. We'd also encourage you to give us feedback, as Trevor did, on whether we are asking the right questions, missing the point, or whatever.

Just click here to get going. ®

High performance access to file storage

More from The Register

next story
Audio fans, prepare yourself for the Second Coming ... of Blu-ray
High Fidelity Pure Audio – is this what your ears have been waiting for?
Dropbox defends fantastically badly timed Condoleezza Rice appointment
'Nothing is going to change with Dr. Rice's appointment,' file sharer promises
Nokia offers 'voluntary retirement' to 6,000+ Indian employees
India's 'predictability and stability' cited as mobe-maker's tax payment deadline nears
Apple DOMINATES the Valley, rakes in more profit than Google, HP, Intel, Cisco COMBINED
Cook & Co. also pay more taxes than those four worthies PLUS eBay and Oracle
It may be ILLEGAL to run Heartbleed health checks – IT lawyer
Do the right thing, earn up to 10 years in clink
France bans managers from contacting workers outside business hours
«Email? Mais non ... il est plus tard que six heures du soir!»
Adrian Mole author Sue Townsend dies at 68
RIP Blighty's best-selling author of the 1980s
Zucker punched: Google gobbles Facebook-wooed Titan Aerospace
Up, up and away in my beautiful balloon flying broadband-bot
Analysts: Bright future for smartphones, tablets, wearables
There's plenty of good money to be made if you stay out of the PC market
prev story

Whitepapers

Mainstay ROI - Does application security pay?
In this whitepaper learn how you and your enterprise might benefit from better software security.
Five 3D headsets to be won!
We were so impressed by the Durovis Dive headset we’ve asked the company to give some away to Reg readers.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Mobile application security study
Download this report to see the alarming realities regarding the sheer number of applications vulnerable to attack, as well as the most common and easily addressable vulnerability errors.