'Janitor Work’ Is Key Hurdle to Insights proclaims an article in today's NY Times. For all the pronouncements about big data and using it to profoundly change the insurance landscape, the grunt work of cleansing and organizing information is Ground Zero. Just ask anyone who has been involved in a system conversion and you will hear stories of dirty that would make Mike Rowe of Dirty Jobs turn away in disgust.
Both agency and company systems are full of nonsensical data and references leading nowhere. To reap the promise of analytics requires information that you can bet your companies life on. Are you that confident in the correctness of your organizations information? Would you allow a surgeon to operate on you based on the cleanliness of your organizations data?
Source: For Big-Data Scientists, ‘Janitor Work’ Is Key Hurdle to Insights, New York Times, August 18, 2014