Cutter IT Journal: In Pursuit of Information Quality

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September 2004
Focus on New Technologies
Resolving data integrity issues requires new technological approaches. Technologies like RFID build in quality by improving data accuracy, objectivity, and timeliness.

Focus on Fixing Flawed Processes
Ignore the hype about new technologies — eliminate process defects first. What’s needed is a culture that is motivated to root out defects and maintain data integrity.
"We all need to agree that the data quality problem exists, it is big, and now we need to fix it."
- Nicole DeHoratius, Guest Editor

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Offshore Outsourcing: No Pain, No Gain?

Guest Editor: Ed Yourdon
Join Guest Editor (and CITJ founder) Ed Yourdon next month for a lively discussion of the phenomenon he predicted more than a decade ago — the offshore outsourcing of IT, which has become one of the hottest personal, economic, and political issues of our day. Will adjusting your attitude about the new IT delivery landscape bolster your job security, or must you completely rethink your career strategy to stay employed in IT? How can you best address security and quality concerns when development is happening continents away? And how can you ensure that relationship and contract management issues don’t outweigh outsourcing’s promised cost and productivity gains? Don’t miss this thought-provoking issue — it could save your job!

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Though firms invest substantial amounts of money in IT, most pay too little attention to the quality of information used by the IT systems. Inaccurate, late, and inconsistent information not only compromises the value of these systems, it also presents major roadblocks to successful use of automated decision tools that can support firm operations. Join Guest Editor Nicole DeHoratius for a debate on key issues surrounding IT and the pursuit of information quality. You'll see RFID presented as a solution for improving data quality and supply chain performance -- and read that no single technology offers a panacea. And you'll get real-world examples of the consequences of -- and cures for -- poor-quality information.