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Best of TDWI’s Data Digest

Online articles of interest in the last week include a focus on data quality, data clean-up, the Internet of things, and data visualization.

IoT’s Goal: The Generation of Data
(Source: Forbes)

The Internet of things is a hot topic in part because it can revolutionize everything we do every day. However, those making IoT products must understand that the point of producing IoT goods is to collect data. This article explains what data your IoT service should collect and how to secure it.

Choosing the Right Self-Service Data Preparation Vendor
(Source: ZD Net)

There are now more options for self-service data preparation tools, and it can be difficult to figure out which one and what vendor type you should purchase. This article covers the newest releases of tools and which might be re best for your enterprise.

Open Source Usage in Enterprise Continues to Impress
(Source: The Enterpriser’s Project)

There is good reason to be reluctant to use open source software, but traditional concerns -- including code ownership and security issues -- are no longer valid. This article advocates for the use of open source in your IT.

Don’t Get Bogged down Chasing Data Perfection
(Source: IT Pro Portal)

Data quality is important, of course.. You need data of sufficiently high quality to make informed decisions. However, as this article points out, the data you collect does not have to be perfect.

How to Make Your Data Glamorous
(Source: Click Z)

Data is an art form -- or rather, it could be with a little bit of work. This article discusses how to make your data into the most appealing form possible depending on what type of data you are beautifying and in what way.

Quint Turner is an editorial intern at TDWI and an undergraduate English student at Skidmore College. Follow his blog at

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