The Philosophy of Separation

Data Transformation and Assertion with Qualytics

In today’s digitized business landscape, the importance of maintaining impeccable data accuracy and integrity cannot be overstated. A crucial yet often overlooked tenet of this endeavor is the separation of data transformation from the application of data quality checks. More than just an operational distinction, this delineation holds profound implications for the potential of both processes.

Enterprise-level businesses often grapple with data challenges, some of which they’re aware of and monitor, typically under regulatory or compliance requirements. However, other challenges lurk in the shadows—unknown factors that can cause disruptions when least expected.

This is where Qualytics excels. Our software platform adopts a bifurcated approach to tackle both sets of data quality concerns:

  1. Data Transformation: This process involves converting, joining, and aggregating data, enhancing its relevance and value in the business context.
  2. Application of Data Quality Checks (or Assertion): Post-transformation, this phase ensures that data meets enterprise standards across all dimensions of data quality, verifying its appropriateness for the intended use.

The delineation of these activities ensures that each can be fine-tuned for a proactive, robust approach to enterprise data quality.

Delving into the Strategy

Central to Qualytics is the unequivocal differentiation between data transformation and assertion. Our platform leverages advanced machine learning algorithms that thrive in the enriched context of the transformed data. This intricate understanding aids in predicting and detecting future anomalies.

Furthermore, the platform offers data stewards a user-friendly interface, enabling them to establish exact controls for known issues, made even more precise by the rich context in which the data exists.

Mutual Enhancement

It’s a harmonious interplay: comprehensive data transformation fuels the prowess of machine learning. Conversely, well-transformed data aids in establishing precise, human-defined controls. Hence, Qualytics presents a dual advantage—powerful automated checks powered by machine learning, paired with an intuitive platform for known issue resolution.

Success Story

Revolutionizing a Financial Institution’s Data Strategy

Our partnership with a leading financial institution exemplifies the pitfalls of intertwining data transformation with assertion checks.

Challenges Encountered:

  • Ambiguous Accountability: The blending of transformation and assertion meant that pinpointing the cause of a data quality alert was elusive—was it a transformation error or an unexpected data attribute?

  • Protracted Troubleshooting: Valuable time was lost discerning whether the transformation process was flawed or if the original data source was compromised.

  • Obscured Metrics: Overlapping processes muddied the waters, making it arduous to identify metrics linked to failed assertions. This diminished visibility into the data lifecycle and masked areas needing enhancement.

  • Diminishing Confidence: Repeated false alarms and extensive debugging eroded stakeholder trust. Doubts about system outputs became commonplace, resulting in redundant manual checks.

By implementing Qualytics , we redefined this scenario. We established a distinct line between transformation and assertion, leading to clear zones of accountability. This not only heightened transparency but significantly improved efficiency. Diagnosing data issues became a swift and accurate process.

The result? A solidified system where stakeholders were free from the burden of endless troubleshooting. The once murky process evolved into a lucid, expert-driven narrative, where every data touchpoint was transparent, validated, and reliable.

In Conclusion

The strategic distinction between data transformation and assertion is not merely a technical decision—it’s a game-changer. And with Qualytics at the helm, businesses are equipped to harvest insights with unparalleled precision and discernment.

BY Eric Simmerman / ON Sep 05, 2023