#The Nanty Narking of GDPR#

What is GDPR?

General Data Protection Regulation

You may not have heard of this new regulation, but every company around the world that is currently storing or using data from any person(s) in the European Union (EU) have been working behind the scenes to become GDPR “compliant” by May 25, 2018. 


Software Development & Baking! What do they have in common?

In my previous blog post I provided six tips to improve the probability of project success.

In this post, I reveal a seventh tip

The Gulf?

The Gulf of Paria is a body of water between the Republic of Trinidad & Tobago and Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela aka the Gulf.  On a clear day from the cities of San Fernando and Cedros you can see the Venezuelan coast line.


I’ve decided to write this post after watching the plight of #Venezuelans and their struggle to survive on Al Jazeera.

While the world sleeps, the daily hardships of the people of Venezuela continues.  The gaping gulf between rich and poor widens, while parents are willing to risk their lives to provide for their families.

No human on this earth should have to navigate the high seas to sell commodities to feed their children.

If you want to learn about the crisis in Venezuela to determine how you can help click here or listen to this National Public Radio piece https://www.npr.org/2018/12/18/677325140/trinidad-faces-humanitarian-crisis-as-more-venezuelans-come-for-refuge

How to get rid of junk mail forever!

Tired of junk mail in your mailbox: unwanted retail coupons, high APR credit card offers, strange catalogues for weird products?

You can opt-out of all of the above and more by leveraging the DMA Choice tool from the Data & Marketing Association Organization (DMA.org)

Here’s how:

  1. Create an account by signing up @ DMA Choice
  2. Once you login you should see the following:DMA Choice
  3. From this screen, you can navigate to any of the four options to limit / stop mail pieces such as Catalogs, Magazine Offers, Other Mail Offers, Credit Offers from various retailers, financial institutions and other businesses.Magazine

It’s that simple, three easy steps and you have just liberated your mailbox.

Why does this work?  Most, if not all companies that execute direct mail marketing campaigns use this opt-out list from the DMA to scrub their mailing list before the mail pieces are delivered to the print houses and the United States Postal Service.

If you are in the UK try the following link to stop junk mail.

Leave us a comment below if the steps above worked for you.

Kirt Morris is a Project Management Professional and a Delivery Engagement Leader at Merkle within the Data Management group. He has 18 years of experience in technology implementation and system integration delivery for data warehousing and business intelligence.  In his current role, Kirt has end-to-end responsibility for the delivery of Customer Relationship Management (CRM) platforms for Specialty Retail and Consumer Package Goods clients.  Prior to working at Merkle, Kirt worked at Cap Gemini Ernst & Young in the Critical Technologies group focused on data warehouse deployments for Telecommunications Media and Entertainment clients.  Kirt has a B.S in Computer Science from University of Maryland, College Park and M.S in Management Information Systems.

Data. Data. Data.

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