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Our problem was that the 3rd party data suppliers kept changing their formats without warning. We ended up writing programs that parsed the data looking for key phrases instead of expecting a set format.

The best ones were the Excel spreadsheets that they changed the layouts and in their defense said, "We highlighted the changes in yellow." I eventually wrote a program to detect background colors instead of just reading the values in the cells.

Strictly speaking it's not bank data, but for credit card processing and the data is support of those operations.

I have no one to blame but myself, the original person who dealt with the data would edit all the files by hand before submitting them for processing. I declared that method was insane because it took him a week to clean up the data and the automated solution took only five minutes. It took us a while to catch on to the fact that the 3rd party vendors were changing the formats of the files we were feeding the automated process and then had to install all sorts of checks and interpreters maintain the automated operation.
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RantFloat != Real Pin
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GeneralKeep the change you filthy animals. Pin
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