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data cleaningSo what does data cleaning and an overhaul to England’s GCSE syllabus have in common? Lots, actually! While the syllabus is being overhauled by proposing that all-time American classics like “To Kill a Mocking Bird” and “Of Mice and Men” be dropped; data cleaning efforts, with respect to contact lists and email addresses, are needed to ensure that everyone impacted by this changing syllabus be consulted before the decision is finalized.

So what are the essential ingredients that would be required to ensure that all stakeholders aligned with a particular issue, in this case the decision to drop “To Kill a Mocking Bird” and “Of Mice and Men” from England’s GCSE syllabus, have had their say in the matter? And the answer is: Communication! Frequent, targeted and extensive communication is what’s needed when making far reaching decisions like these. And here’s where data cleaning plays an important role.

The teaching community needs to have their say in the matter too, as do parents and representatives of student bodies. And without passing the lists, databases and repositories, containing mailing addresses and email contact details of all these stakeholders, through an exhaustive data cleaning process, true communication can’t happen.

It doesn’t matter whether the issue is a new product launch, changing existing terms and conditions to a previously agreed business deal, revamping of government policy decisions, or modification to an education syllabus. An accurate contact list, that’s been through a data cleaning process to ensure its accuracy, is vital to reach out to everyone. If all of the stakeholders to the issue aren’t on the same page, differences of opinions will make implementation of the decision nearly impossible.

Worse than a decision that’s impossible to implement, is a wrong decision that’s successfully implemented. Without enforcing a data cleaning protocol for contact data, poor communication with key parties to a decision might also lead decision makers to assume everyone is on board with a particular proposal. As a result, as in the case here, renowned works of literature might be put out of the hands of young students across England.

WinPure, a company specialising in data cleaning, has just the solution to this dilemma.  The company has built a series of highly intelligent data cleaning tools that can parse huge lists of contact (and other data) lists, and cleanse them of irregularities and inconsistencies. As part of its data cleaning methodology, WinPure’s fuzzy-logic based tool is even capable of matching two or more lists to identify duplicate records.  So how will this help list owner’s? By eliminating redundant, repeated and unnecessarily duplicated contact with stakeholders, that’s how!

The company has made WinPure available across a broad spectrum of popular IT platforms, such as Windows XP-SP2 / 2003 / Vista / Windows 7 and Windows 8. And this means that these data cleaning tools are no longer just used by large corporations and big government departments, but are now easily accessible by thousands of small businesses and government agencies.

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