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4 Critical Steps to Control Duplicates

Posted by Richard Turner on Jul 14, 2016 9:22:25 AM

Duplicate parts are the software bugs of the data world, hard to identify without specific tools and processes in place. If these “bugs” are not found in implementation they can be ultimately time consuming and costly down the road.  For these reasons it is crucial to get ahead of the issue as soon as possible, optimally during a data migration project or switch to a new platform.   For example, an SAP ERP data migration involving cleansing and classifying purchased parts from multiple legacy systems from US and International locations would be the perfect time to detect, isolate and deal with duplicate parts. The best case would be to have lead time of 6 to 12 months prior to the actual cutover to clearly find these duplicates and to give enough time to formulate the best plan to deal with these duplicates. Some may want to remove duplicate parts all together, while others may want to look for ways to consolidate and rationalize this data to help mitigate duplicate inventory, still others may want to associate them for purchaser’s reference for ordering and price comparisons.  Regardless of final goal for your company you first need to identify them through these steps.

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Topics: Data Cleansing, Duplicate Parts, outsourcing, Classification, Manufacturer Parts

Outsourcing Data Cleansing: Top 5 Best Practices

Posted by Richard Turner on Jun 27, 2016 2:14:37 PM

It may seem like a scary proposition to send your data outside your organization to be improved.  Who do you send it too, what do you provide them, how much is it going to cost, how do you know if the data is correct, how can you make it successful.  At Convergence Data we have learned to bridge this gap between outsourced data cleansing operations and US based companies – to make it a successful experience.  There are some basic practices to follow that we have learned we can share.

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Topics: Data Cleansing, Classification, Product Analytics, Cleansing Data, outsourcing

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