When data quality is the topic of conversation, too often managers and execs are quick to sweep the discussion aside, or worse, sweep it under the rug. In my experience, data quality projects often have to demonstrate their resolve and overall worth early to establish their right to be implemented along with the multitude of other large projects that traditionally gobble up a company’s IT budget. The usual suspects include data warehouse initiatives, enterprise resource planning and operational data store implementations and any number of industry-specific or operational systems, such as a policy administration or sales automation systems. While these usual suspects consume the bulk of the attention and budget from IT leadership, another smaller project has the potential to provide an array of benefits and payback for countless organizations: a data quality dashboard solution.

It is not always easy to articulate the key reasons why a data quality dashboard and reporting solution will provide true ROI. Numerous reasons can initially be cited:

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