Is Your Information Supply Chain Working for You?

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To help you get started evaluating your information supply chain, here’s a quick list of questions to ask yourself about your company’s information supply chain:

1.   Where do you create or enter data?

How is it created or purchased? How do you assure its accuracy?  How much does this activity cost you on an annual basis?

2.   What are the business’s requirements for information? 

Level of accuracy?  Real-time? As a result of a key event? How does your most senior management use information to make decisions?

3.   What processes do data follow from creation to use? 

Which business processes are most dependent on accurate data? Finance? Product Management? Marketing? Sales?

4.   Where do you have support for your supply chain? 

Data supply vendors? Technology vendors? Analytics suppliers?

5.   How is your technical environment designed to support quality data? 

How do you manage data from cloud to cloud?  What tools do you use to extract information? To manage data quality?  What security is in place for the most sensitive data?

6.   Where do you have support for your supply chain?

Data supply vendors?  Technology vendors?  Analytics suppliers?

7.   How is your technical environment designed to support data?

How do you manage data from cloud to cloud?  What tools do you use to extract information? To manage data quality?  What security is in place for the most sensitive data?

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About the author

Theresa Kushner

Theresa Kushner is a journalist-turned-marketer and currently Executive Vice President at Dell leading their state of the art nalytics initiative. Formerly she was Vice President of Enterprise Information Management at VMware responsible for master data management, business intelligence and advanced analytics.  She and Maria Villar co-write a column for LatinBusinessToday.com. They are co-authors of Managing Your Business Data: From Chaos to Confidence, published by Racom Books in 2008.

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