9 Questions to Ask BEFORE Migrating Data in an M&A

Posted by Katie Mowery on June 27, 2019

Like any partnership, there are a lot of moving parts that go into an M&A. While not everything will be a resounding victory – there is one critical component of bringing separate entities together that organizations must get right: preserving or creating better data integrity, accuracy and alignment while combining and integrating systems.

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Kicking the Bad Habit of Bad Data

Posted by Katie Mowery on June 25, 2019

It’s time to face the reality... no more kicking it down the road... your organization just might have a data problem. Maybe it started with a few processes that broke down over time. Maybe someone left and took with them the knowledge of their homegrown data archiving strategy. Maybe manual entry or data manipulation destroyed the integrity of your change management. Regardless of how it happened, it has likely led to some enterprise-wide bad data habits. 

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It's Time You Had the 'Data Talk'

Posted by Katie Mowery on June 20, 2019

 A major step on the road to system modernization is the migration to a unified platform, in this case... SAP S/4HANA. While enterprises are prepared to invest in SAP S/4HANA, it’s critical to realize that you need to first invest in your data. You can have the nicest garbage can on the block, but the inside is still trash. 

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Benefits of Standardized, Centralized Data

Posted by Katie Mowery on April 30, 2019

Improving data quality offers many benefits – but the path to clean, standardized data may seem daunting. As with most business analysis, when the input data is bad, the output can be unreliable. And when that data output drives your business, the stakes are high for failure or success.

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Master Your Data Before it Masters You: Coffee Break with Game-Changers

Posted by Katie Mowery on February 28, 2019

Internet of Things: Special Edition Series of Coffee Break with Game-Changers Radio

Episode: Master Your Data Before It Masters You!
Originally aired: February 20, 2019
Hosted by Bonnie D. Graham

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8 Data Best Practices for a Successful M&A

Posted by Katie Mowery on February 27, 2019

Accurate, complete master data is essential for successful integration of acquired assets into an organization’s new or existing operations and maintenance environments. Whether you're leveraging machine learning, data quality tools/software or a team of data experts, there are some best practices that can help guide data integrity and system consolidation strategy for mergers and acquisitions?

  1. Ensure data is part of the timeline. As you consider and define your M&A timeline, realize that data tends to be one of the sticking points. Having a well-defined process and dedicated organizational team to manage process and data components drives the speed and success with which the systems integration can happen.
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Why are some businesses ill-equipped for digital transformation?

Posted by Katie Mowery on December 27, 2018

As we approach the end of 2018, we’ve seen many conversations go back to this concept of digital transformation. How can you know if you’re really transforming your business, or even more so, doing it well? As millions of dollars are being invested by organizations in programs to evolve and change to face market, consumer or industry demands, it’s imperative to know if what you’re doing is setting you up for success. This depends on a foundation beyond just the infrastructure that can enable your transformation – it’s beneath that, at the very core… your data.

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Strengthen Your Asset Master Data with Data Governance

Posted by Katie Mowery on December 12, 2018

When talking about building an intelligent enterprise, you hear words like IoT, smart devices, digital transformation. In reality, it's usually taking “dumb” infrastructure and making things “smarter,” by adding technologies like sensors, transmitters, digital meters and so on, without actually changing the infrastructure itself.

But even the smartest technology is not useful if it cannot help predict assets’ maintenance needs, reliability, and how they should function in conjunction with other equipment. That means that master data loaded into any system of record as a digital representation of those physical assets needs to be reliable, real-time and integrated across every system that maintains a digital twin of that asset.  

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Friday Fun: Data Buzzword Bingo

Posted by Katie Mowery on November 16, 2018

The words we all hear, say and repeat hundreds if not thousands of times as data professionals. Whether at conferences, on webinars or in meetings, keywords like Blockchain, IoT, ERP, Migration and more pop up everywhere, so Team Utopia decided to have a little fun with it. 

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How to Assess the State of Your Data

Posted by Katie Mowery on November 9, 2018

Preparing for a digital transformation calls for a comprehensive review of not only your existing data, but also the processes of creating, reviewing, updating and deleting that data. If your goal is complete optimization of data as a business asset for the most effective use of SAP S/4HANA, understanding what lives within the system is critical for sizing the overall transformation effort.

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