NASA’s data disaster
When NASA lost the Mars Climate Orbiter, their mistake was simple and avoidable. The navigation team were using metric measurements in their calculations, while the team who designed and built the craft were using imperial.
No one realised the measurements hadn’t been converted as they should have been until long after the probe launched and disappeared, probably exploding somewhere just inside of Mars’ atmosphere.
Oh, to be a fly on the wall of that debriefing…
Data errors in every organisation
If it can happen to NASA, it can happen to anyone.
While your own data errors might not be as dramatic (or explosive) as NASA’s, they will have an impact on your business, especially if you’re in growth mode.
A rogue digit, an incorrect product tag, a poorly defined data definition…these minor errors can have big consequences, from budgeting mistakes and bad customer experience, to production mistakes that cost thousands.