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Can I get a confirmation from you good guys out there that with MP 2006, if I import territory data using UK postcodes in LOWER case rather than upper case, then there is no problem with mis-mapping the territories?
One of my clients is planning to invest in MP 2006, whereas I use MP 2004 at the moment, so need to know whether to advise them for/against MP 2006.
I donít think itís possible to give a definitive answer. The only people who can do that presumably are the Microsoft technicians who understand the errors in the coding and thereby the extent of the casing problem.
Based on my experience:
At postcode district level if you import the data using upper case there are 311 duplicates meaning that 311 are definitely plotted in the wrong place. If you import the data using lower case there are no duplicates Ė so that looks good! But obviously it's not certain that they're all in the right place although in my work I'm yet to find any errors.
At postcode sector level with upper case you get 450 duplicates and with lower case none at all.
At individual postcode level there are just too many to do the duplication test. However Iíve been checking the results of my work as far as possible with MP2004 output and havenít as yet found any problems. Iím sure there are other people on this board who use individual postcodes a lot more than me so it would be interesting to know if theyíve had any bad experiences.
Overall I think the message with MP2006 is to be vigilant when using postcode data. Itís also a huge credibility gap to have to convert postcodes to lower case when theyíre always written and recorded in upper.
Hope that helps.
Can you tell me if this issue still exists?
Is the solution to import/enter all postcodes as lower case?
Yes, definitely use lower case. Hopefully MP2008 will redress these issue but till then.....
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