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Aaron Walker

Aaron Walker
Aaron joined IData in 2014 after over 20 years in higher education, including more than 15 years providing analytics and decision support services. Aaron’s role at IData includes establishing data governance, training data stewards, and improving business intelligence solutions.

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Integrative Information Management for 2020 and Beyond

IData was at the Educause conference in October, 2019, where Educause presented its top ten IT priorities for 2020, based on its research and membership survey. For the past several years, data...

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Getting Started with Data Governance

By now you've decided that data governance is a good idea for your organization. You want to use organizational data to drive better decisions, and to better understand the effect of actions...

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Reframing Data Quality Problems

When we speak with new or prospective clients, the topic of their organization's data quality often comes up. And it's frequently our experience that when someone who is not data-savvy thinks...

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Hidden in Plain Sight: Managing Reference Data

We've been at this data management thing for a while now, and while much has changed over the last couple of decades, there are a few archetypes of data failure that continue to bedevil our...

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What Are You Doing with Your Data?

Information – or the possession of information – is seen as a kind of power, and some people are loath to give it up. While some individuals hoard information for venal or nefarious purposes, in...

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The More Things Change ...

IData Inc. has been in business since 2004, and we’ve performed a lot of different work for hundreds of clients in that time. It’s a little bit amazing then, how little some of the complaints we...

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From Acquisition to Disposition: Data Management Pitfalls throughout Your Data's Lifecycle

This post is some of our thoughts on data management issues throughout the data lifecycle including loss of focus, upkeep priority, security access and disposition of data.

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Inventory of Data Assets Necessary to Recognize Value of Data

Something we often say during our early conversations with clients is that data governance is what you do when you recognize data is an asset, and when you start to treat it like one. What happens...

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Trusted Data: Working Together and Communication Play a Big Part

Recently we found ourselves re-reading Educause’s annual Top 10 IT Issues, 2019 Edition. We commented on this publication when it came out, but we wanted to revisit in this post a few observations...

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Data Management Challenges Facing Institutional Researchers

Recently we attended the AIR Forum, the annual conference for institutional researchers. As a company, IData has a fair amount of direct experience with the practice of institutional research,...

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