Most data management professionals would acknowledge that there is a data life cycle, but it is fair to say that there is no common understanding of what it is. If you Google “Data Life Cycle” you will not find anything that clearly describes it. But, if data management professionals know that there really is a Data Life Cycle, then it is incumbent on us to try to define it.
This is one attempt to describe the Data Life Cycle. It takes the position that a life cycle consists of phases, and each phase has its own characteristics. Einstein, when he was a teenager tried to think what it would be like to ride a beam of light. There is no chance that we can emulate Einstein, but perhaps we can put his idea to use. What would happen if we could ride on a piece of data as it moved through the enterprise? What new experiences would the piece of data have? What phases would it pass though?
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