Authored by Prashanth K. Vaida, Data Migration Consultant at Utopia, Inc.
Jim Whyte, director of solutions at Utopia, Inc., wrote an interesting and educational article entitled Data Governance – It’s Your Business Processes, Stupid… In the blog he stated “data governance involves addressing the framework for data-related decision making”.
That statement triggered a thought…what if international data is involved in a data governance project? How difficult is it to profile, standardize, enrich, de-duplicate, or integrate with multiple languages (e.g. Chinese, Japanese, or French). How difficult is it leverage the 20% technology to maintain this data? How difficult is it to analyze multilingual data? Is it really going to be a nightmare???
In my past professional experience with multilingual data I have successfully leveraged
SAP® BusinessObjects™ Data Services tool to successfully deal with such data. Dealing with multilingual data involves setting a code page and language packs at three levels: data, operating system, and tool. SAP® BusinessObjects™ Data Services tool has proved to be very compatible and efficient with multiple languages in my experience. Its data cleansing packages allows your company to successfully work with multilingual data.
I am not saying the task at hand is very easy, but it is definitely feasible especially with the right tool and skill sets.
I am curious to hear how other organizations are dealing with multilingual data. What tool set are you leveraging?
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