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David Loshin

Welcome to my BeyeNETWORK Blog. This is going to be the place for us to exchange thoughts, ideas and opinions on all aspects of the information quality and data integration world. I intend this to be a forum for discussing changes in the industry, as well as how external forces influence the way we treat our information asset. The value of the blog will be greatly enhanced by your participation! I intend to introduce controversial topics here, and I fully expect that reader input will "spice it up." Here we will share ideas, vendor and client updates, problems, questions and, most importantly, your reactions. So keep coming back each week to see what is new on our Blog!

About the author >

David is the President of Knowledge Integrity, Inc., a consulting and development company focusing on customized information management solutions including information quality solutions consulting, information quality training and business rules solutions. Loshin is the author of The Practitioner's Guide to Data Quality Improvement, Master Data Management, Enterprise Knowledge Management: The Data Quality Approach and Business Intelligence: The Savvy Manager's Guide. He is a frequent speaker on maximizing the value of information. David can be reached at or at (301) 754-6350.

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March 2006 Archives

I like to fancy myself a technical person, even though a large part of what I do these days is more management consulting. My background is in programming, optimizing, parallelizing compilers to be exact, but it has been a few years since I did any real hardcore coding. However, apparently I have gotten a bit rusty, as I had a bit of trouble in deploying an open source BI application that I was hoping to use as a demo for an ongoing project. I had downloaded the BIRT tool (a plugin for Eclipse) and was able to successfully install and run the report editor, but was unable to get the same report to load up in the Tomcat application server. But after a week of frustration, I tried a new tactic: I read the online manual. After carefully walking through it step-by-step, I was able to get the viewer running and then, voila - my developed report was loaded up through the app server into my browser.

Hey, if you are interested in open source BI tools - first check out this article by my esteemed B-Eye colleague (and brother), Pete Loshin.

Posted March 29, 2006 1:33 PM
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In today's Washington Post, there was an article about the dismissal of a challenge by the Salt Institute of a report issued by the Department of Health and Human Services suggesting that Americans would benefit from reduced salt intake. The dismissal of the challenge under the Data Quality Act effectively neuters the regulation, which has been the source of controversy since its two paragraphs were inserted into legislation early in the current president Bush's administration.

Dissenting views are provided by the Center for Regulatory Effectiveness, who represents industry in challenges under the Data Quality Act, and the Center for Progressive Reform, who seeks to reduce the number of what they call "frivolous" law suits.

Posted March 21, 2006 5:24 PM
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