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FirstEigen’s DataBuck: Using Machine Learning to Improve Data Quality

An Intellyx Brain Candy Brief

Data is now one of an enterprise organization’s greatest assets. It is critical to improving the customer experience, to enhancing business processes, to finding new market opportunities, and to enabling artificial initiatives. In many cases, organizations are now monetizing their data directly in different ways. But in spite of data’s new-found criticality, improving and maintaining data quality remains a significant issue.

FirstEigen’s solution, called DataBuck, uses machine learning to solve this tough problem. Rather than hand-coding data validation checks (that in most cases number no more than 100), the company’s solution uses algorithms to create what it calls “data quality fingerprints.” Analyzing the data and creating these ‘fingerprints,’ DataBuck can create as many as tens of thousands of data validation checks automatically — a level of data validation that would be unmanageable using traditional methods.

The initial value of having better data quality is apparent. It’s a challenge that enterprise leaders have grappled with for decades. But as data becomes a chief driver of competitive advantage, the stakes get bigger, and data quality becomes a bottom-line issue. Moreover, as the complexity of an organization’s data architecture increases, data quality becomes that much harder to manage. That’s a negative combination that will lead to trouble for many enterprises — and present a pathway to advantage for those that get data quality right. FirstEigen’s DataBuck may help them do just that.

Copyright © Intellyx LLC. Intellyx publishes the Agile Digital Transformation Roadmap poster, advises companies on their digital transformation initiatives, and helps vendors communicate their agility stories. As of the time of writing, none of the organizations mentioned in this article are Intellyx customers. To be considered for a Brain Candy article, email us at pr@intellyx.com.

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Jason Bloomberg is the leading expert on architecting agility for the enterprise. As president of Intellyx, Mr. Bloomberg brings his years of thought leadership in the areas of Cloud Computing, Enterprise Architecture, and Service-Oriented Architecture to a global clientele of business executives, architects, software vendors, and Cloud service providers looking to achieve technology-enabled business agility across their organizations and for their customers. His latest book, The Agile Architecture Revolution (John Wiley & Sons, 2013), sets the stage for Mr. Bloomberg’s groundbreaking Agile Architecture vision.

Mr. Bloomberg is perhaps best known for his twelve years at ZapThink, where he created and delivered the Licensed ZapThink Architect (LZA) SOA course and associated credential, certifying over 1,700 professionals worldwide. He is one of the original Managing Partners of ZapThink LLC, the leading SOA advisory and analysis firm, which was acquired by Dovel Technologies in 2011. He now runs the successor to the LZA program, the Bloomberg Agile Architecture Course, around the world.

Mr. Bloomberg is a frequent conference speaker and prolific writer. He has published over 500 articles, spoken at over 300 conferences, Webinars, and other events, and has been quoted in the press over 1,400 times as the leading expert on agile approaches to architecture in the enterprise.

Mr. Bloomberg’s previous book, Service Orient or Be Doomed! How Service Orientation Will Change Your Business (John Wiley & Sons, 2006, coauthored with Ron Schmelzer), is recognized as the leading business book on Service Orientation. He also co-authored the books XML and Web Services Unleashed (SAMS Publishing, 2002), and Web Page Scripting Techniques (Hayden Books, 1996).

Prior to ZapThink, Mr. Bloomberg built a diverse background in eBusiness technology management and industry analysis, including serving as a senior analyst in IDC’s eBusiness Advisory group, as well as holding eBusiness management positions at USWeb/CKS (later marchFIRST) and WaveBend Solutions (now Hitachi Consulting).