For more than 20 years, Arkady Maydanchik has been a recognized leader and innovator in the fields of data quality and information integration. As a practitioner, author and educator he has been involved in some of the most challenging projects industry has seen. These projects were often the result of major corporate mergers and the need to consolidate and integrate databases of enormous variety and complexity. Arkady’s client list includes such household names as Dun & Bradstreet, Hewitt Associates, Kimberly Clark, Raytheon, Sprint, Verizon, and Xerox.
Since the early childhood, Arkady’s special talent was the ability to find patterns in numbers. Mathematician by education, Arkady started his career in academic research in the area of pattern recognition.
By the age of 20, he co-authored three books and numerous articles in the field. He also used his unique set of skills to build mathematical models in a variety of applications, from medical research to finance to construction of earthquake-resistant buildings.
In 1990 Arkady emigrated from the former Soviet Union to the United States as a political refugee. While working on his first consulting project – building a mathematical model of currency circulation – Arkady realized the significance of data quality. After completing the project, he continued developing a comprehensive data quality management solution, including data profiling, data quality assessment, data cleansing, as well as ensuring data quality in data migration, consolidation, and integration.
In 1997, Arkady founded Arkidata Corporation, which was among the first companies dedicated solely to data quality management. Over the years, Arkidata and its later successor, Loreto Services and technologies, used Arkady’s methodology and breakthrough ARKISTRA technology to provide data quality services to numerous organizations.
Since 2004, Arkady dedicated his efforts to education and creation of a mature data quality profession. He is a frequent speaker at various conferences and seminars, author of best-selling Data Quality Assessment book, contributor to many journals and on-line publications, and a co-founder of eLearningCurve.
In his free time, Arkady teaches an after-school math program for elementary and middle school children and works on a variety of other initiatives in the area of children’s education.
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