Communications of the IIMA


Data integrity is a major issue in today’s world. Many organizations have faltered due to the nature of the date contained within their databases. Some organizations are failing as a result of inaccurate, modified, or incorrect data that is contained with organizational records. Still others are losing customers and clients, and yet others are the subject of malicious lawsuits based upon inaccurate decisions and subsequent actions derived from inaccurate, modified, or missing data. This article explores many of the sources of and issues relating to the entry, storage, and retrieval of data from databases. The article also examines several avenues for reducing data integrity problems, including the adequate training of users, who too often tend to be the inadvertent source of errors. The article was written to highlight several potential sources of errors, because data integrity is so critical for every organization.