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Don’t be Satisfied with Past Information, settle with sufficient and correct Data

When you Data Profile, you need to know how to get the information correctly. It isn’t about just getting all the information on the internet without reviewing it, this may cause confusion for the client once they got the information you provide, if they found out that the information you’ve given is incorrect or out of date.

Many of us might have the same problem regarding in obtaining profiles from the internet. Although you have Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin as a source, it doesn’t mean that it’s accurate enough for you to profile. Some might be a dummy account to cause confusion to Online researcher.

Being satisfied with information that is outdated, isn’t a promising effort to be honest. If you’re satisfied with outdated information, might as well give it for free. You need to know when to say “This is all I could do, I hope this will be enough” when you finished profiling.

Having said this, there are some few things I want to share with you that might help you with Data profiling.

You can’t easily copy and paste the information on the web

Like I said before, copying information that isn’t well studied or well researched and inputting it in your database  can bring chaos in your database. You need to study what you’re searching for before encoding it.

Outdated Data can destroy your database

Data’s which you’ve handed out to clients can be returned with an add on note that some businessman don’t want to receive and that note is, REFUND and REPLACEMENT. And if that happens, you need to go back to all your database and start all over again.

You need to remember three things before inputting the acquire data

  • Company names can change anytime or yearly, so keep an update on every company you’ve encoded in your database
  • C-Level Decision makers doesn’t show their domain and company email in their website or social media page, if you want to get it. You must call them first, and this will be an added work for you
  • You shouldn’t be satisfied if what you searched for came up right away, you need to further analyze the information before you input it in your database

Data Profiling Tip: Clean your mind from distractions

Data profiling or Data gathering isn’t all that if you think about it. It’s basically all about searching for something that your client asked of you, and if you gave a wrong set of records or list, then it’s your fault for handing out useless lists not the client. Being an Online researcher suck doesn’t it? But what if I told you that what you’ve read is just a distraction to keep your mind wonder if it’s true or not?

It’s true that it doesn’t give you anything in return. In fact, it just gives you stress. But what we don’t know that each time we search for a certain topic or information, you’ve gained a little insight on what that topic or information is all about. Although you might not realize it at first, it will slowly help you out when you need it the most. For instances, A student who read a certain topic doesn’t really learn it that day, but after a day or weeks, that student will recall what he/she have studied.


HALF A MIND, A BIG NO!

It’s a big NO if you think you can profile using only half of what you’ve been using. Our mind isn’t at its full capacity if we rarely use it, of course, there’s no doubt we use it all the time. But let’s not kid ourselves, Sometimes we always wonder “Are we using our mind to its full potential?” of course, there are instances that we use its full potential, but that is when we are in danger.

THE 10% MYTH

I just watched the movie “Lucy” last night and I was fascinated with their theory, and that is, “we only use 10% of our brain”. Of course, I know that it’s just a movie and the fact that we only use 10% of our brain is just a myth (Researched), but what if this myth is real? Would we be able to accept it?

Well, honestly, there’s something that our mind can do that we don’t know, yet. You might wonder “What is he saying?” Well, our mind can produce something that we are unaware of, but that’s another blog.

Data Profiling: One does not simply profile (And here’s Why)

When you’re in a Data profiling job, you will always hear some clients asking for something like this,

Can you produce 200 records daily?

I’m looking for 4000 record list that only consist of… The specs are in the email I sent to you

Well, it isn’t that hard of a job when you don’t really have a deadline to catch, but when the deadline is only within a day or two. Then this job will need everyone in your team to work hand in hand.

Data profiling isn’t what I could say a “Piece of a cake” kind of job. Although we have some guidelines to follow, we seldom do it by what we know and that is, Double check some data’s and correct some.

Understanding how profiling works.

Understanding how profiling works is one thing that every customer or client need to know. Why? Because customers or clients need to be fully aware that some of the missing data can’t be found or some of their specifications aren’t that free or searchable.

Some data’s like personal emails or mobile number are personal, so it is set in private by that person. Data profiling doesn’t only depend on LinkedIn, Facebook or twitter to gather data from people within the list. It usually depends on the person who is working and this is why data profiling takes a lot of time.

It depends on how a person does its job on the given list.

When a prospect or client gives out its specification, it is given to two to three persons. This means that on every data profiling project, two or three people are working on it. And once the list is done, the team leader or the one who assigns to finalize everything will double check the list, to avoid duplicates or fill out what is missing.

Data profiling requires a lot of time and accurate research, but more importantly, it requires personnel that is good at finding information that can’t be research by its fellow profiler.

Why you should Rest before Data Profiling!

What is data profiling? When you looked it up on the internet the definition will sound like this

Data profiling is the process of examining the data available in an existing data source (e.g. A database or a file) and collecting statistics and information about that data”

and that’s from Wikipedia, where anyone can edit its content.

But if you ask some of the people who work as a data profiler, maybe you’ll get this kind of response “A haggard way of draining your brain cells” or “A slow way to kill yourself” Well, I can’t blame them if they answered by question with pure anger towards Data profiling. Why? Because I tried it, and it seriously drained a part of my brain cells.

Is Data Profiling that dangerous?

Well, it’s not that dangerous if you can properly rest your brain for a minute or so. But how can you, when you’re at  the peak of breaking apart? But let’s not dwell on the subject of dying. But rather how come data profiling is dangerous?

Well, First of all, I might have exaggerated a little about Data profiling draining a part of my brain cells, but let me tell you this, it can really drain your energy.

Most of the time you stare at your computer screen and search for those Data’s that needs to be replaced. Furthermore, you’re constantly thinking where you can find the right data for those incorrect ones.

WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?

Well, you might wonder what’s the difference when we are always looking at our smartphones or playing computer games all the time. To be honest, I spend most of my time when I was still staying at my parents’ place, playing computer games all day long.  But of course, I have the time to rest up and it usually took me 12 hours of sleep and only around 8 hours of playing games.

But when you are data profiling, it’s your job to submit those correct data on time, and if you can’t then you might get the boot sooner or later. Of course, you wouldn’t want that, do you?