It’s quiet in here…maybe TOO quiet…

It's quiet in here...maybe TOO quiet...

One of the truisms of data management is that there is no stasis; either your data is getting better or it's getting worse. (More about that here.)

A corollary to that is that if things are "too quiet" there's probably something wrong. Put another way, if you're not working on something to improve your data management, things are probably headed (or soon to be headed) in the wrong direction.

For example, during a new system implementation, I tell my clients that one sign that you've chosen a good system is that staff is coming up with all kinds of ways to use it more. This is a good thing. Your AMS is a tool and it should be used where it can add value.

And that's what I mean about things being "too quiet." Data management is a journey, not a destination. There is always room for improvement. And if you're not working on something to improve how you manage your data ("Everything's working fine just the way it is") then chances are good you're going to fall behind soon (if you're not already behind!).

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