October 6, 2022

Is Knowing Only Half the Battle?

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Brian Rayburn

Is knowing only half the battle? Is the more I know really going to help guide me to make better decisions? Let’s dig into the origin of these familiar questions…

Launched in1989, NBC's "The More You Know" series of brief public service announcements during the commercial breaks of my favorite TV shows to help guide youth into making good choices when faced with adversity or difficult situations. Perhaps they took a que from G.I. Joe which featured their famous(or perhaps infamous) post-episode PSAs featuring the slogan “Knowing is half the battle” which covered a range of topics aimed to help kids understand the not so obvious risks around them.

Besides these nostalgic references to my own childhood (yes, I know I’m aging myself here), it has been proclaimed for centuries that knowledge is power, therefore the unknown should be perceived as weakness; so why wouldn’t we approach our critical organizational data the same way?

We understand that almost every organization is dealing with some type of Data Management challenge. Whether it’s the sheer volume of existing data, the hyper-speed in which new data is created daily, or the constant changes to data privacy legislation, simply knowing where to start can be a slow and daunting task of its own.

If you combine that with the constant reminders of what could go wrong by surfacing hidden data risks (non-compliant data, duplicate data, data privacy exposure, etc.) we tend to see this type of knowledge as a potential weakness instead of the power it enables. This can make it very hard for Data Custodians to make their business case for providing deep data insights and persistent reporting.

We prefer an approach that helps our customers reframe the purpose of a data audit engagement as an efficient, high-value exercise that affirms the business advantages within their existing data holdings and provides guidance in filling any previously unknown gaps which strengthens their overall Data Management program, because as our pal Confucius said, “To know what you know and what you do not know, that is true knowledge”.  

Your Data. Your Advantage.

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October 6, 2022

The More You Know

Date:
Hosted By:
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Is knowing only half the battle? Is the more I know really going to help guide me to make better decisions? Let’s dig into the origin of these familiar questions…

Launched in1989, NBC's "The More You Know" series of brief public service announcements during the commercial breaks of my favorite TV shows to help guide youth into making good choices when faced with adversity or difficult situations. Perhaps they took a que from G.I. Joe which featured their famous(or perhaps infamous) post-episode PSAs featuring the slogan “Knowing is half the battle” which covered a range of topics aimed to help kids understand the not so obvious risks around them.

Besides these nostalgic references to my own childhood (yes, I know I’m aging myself here), it has been proclaimed for centuries that knowledge is power, therefore the unknown should be perceived as weakness; so why wouldn’t we approach our critical organizational data the same way?

We understand that almost every organization is dealing with some type of Data Management challenge. Whether it’s the sheer volume of existing data, the hyper-speed in which new data is created daily, or the constant changes to data privacy legislation, simply knowing where to start can be a slow and daunting task of its own.

If you combine that with the constant reminders of what could go wrong by surfacing hidden data risks (non-compliant data, duplicate data, data privacy exposure, etc.) we tend to see this type of knowledge as a potential weakness instead of the power it enables. This can make it very hard for Data Custodians to make their business case for providing deep data insights and persistent reporting.

We prefer an approach that helps our customers reframe the purpose of a data audit engagement as an efficient, high-value exercise that affirms the business advantages within their existing data holdings and provides guidance in filling any previously unknown gaps which strengthens their overall Data Management program, because as our pal Confucius said, “To know what you know and what you do not know, that is true knowledge”.  

Your Data. Your Advantage.

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