Go with the flow of Data Workflow

For many years now data creation is no longer a one men show. Many departments and people participate in the data creation process. This process is however crucial to the quality of data. All the people who are contributing have specialties and these specialties must be used in order to create great data quality . Setting up a data workflow is a great way to preserve and maintain the quality of data. Do to mandatory steps and actions the person responsible for certain activities has to add value to the chain in order to create great data quality.

Data Workflow Defined

Progression of steps (tasks, events, interactions) that comprise a work process, involve two or more persons, and create or add value to the organization’s activities. In a sequential workflow, each step is dependent on occurrence of the previous step; in a parallel workflow, two or more steps can occur concurrently by Business Dictionary

Importance

Please do not underestimate the importance of a well performing data workflow. Especially when it is related to data that impacts the whole company and the company performance. Creating articles or materials for example is a business critical activity and companies cannot afford mistakes in this process. Data workflows and mandatory steps make sure that every contributor has added his or hers value. Data Workflow also creates to possibility to be compliant, compliant towards the data governance regulations.

Software & Tooling

Creating a data workflow is important when we look at the business processes. These processes are the foundation of every data workflow. Creating such architecture together with partners who have the knowledge and experience to do so is in my opinion the most important factor. After creating this architecture it is time to select the software and tooling around workflow that can help you achieve your goals. Every company has his own selection methods and I am not going to advise anything to you. However you should make sure that flexibility and mobile is available. Good luck with setting up your data workflow and remember. A good data flow within your company can make the difference.