Silent information and misinformation hang on the Left Side of Monday…a reference to day of week tags on a clothing rack for work that needs to be delivered on a scheduled day. It is a purgatory of sorts where intervention is required to resolve delivery problems. Typically, missing or incorrect data are the root causes for residency there. The real business world consumes data as humans consume food for fuel and good health so we must understand how to leverage data for keeping our business data on the right side of Monday where they can fuel the delivery of our products and services on time.
About the Authors
Susan Hurst has more than 23 years of experience as a technical business analyst in a variety of industries, so she has directly observed the chasm between business decision makers and information technology professionals. Business leaders tend to step back when facing a technical solution and hand off implementations to the IT folks. However, IT managers typically have expertise in one area but, after one or more promotions, find themselves managing responsibilities in unfamiliar areas of expertise that are outside the overall business perspective.
Uncertainties fill the gap between business and IT requirements, which populates the data purgatory known as the Left Side of Monday. Rescuing data and information from the Left Side of Monday is Susan’s passion and the motivation for this book. The advent of data science offers opportunities to develop practical software engineering solutions for producing healthy data assets for organizations, and the goal of the data asset is to deliver the right answers for making critical business decisions.
Susan has two graduate degrees: Master of Science-Management Information Systems and Master of Business Administration (MBA), both from the University of Missouri – St Louis.
Robert Johnson is a veteran information technology professional who began his career while in the US Marine Corps (1970-1974). He has written software code in several computer languages for multiple operating systems and database management systems. In addition to being a data architect, his favorite roles are logical and physical database design as well as database system developer. Giving a voice to data so it becomes useful information is his specialty. He has the technical expertise to convert design concepts into executable code.
Robert has a Bachelor of Science degree in Systems and Computer Science from Washington University in St. Louis.