Ever since completing our popular series, sharing resources from the #CityChain17 blockchain conference, I’ve been ruminating on some fundamental questions for blockchain. These are questions relevant to Data & Analytics leaders, especially if blockchain technologies are to fulfil their potential of moving beyond pilot stage. Each deals with a different aspect of the key challenges (facing data & analytics leaders today) and asks, could blockchain help achieve this? My three questions cover:.. Read More
A couple of conversations with data leaders, this week, have reminded me of the data wrangling challenges a number of you are still facing. Despite the amount of media coverage for Deep Learning and other more advanced techniques, most Data Science teams are still struggling with more basic data problems. Even well established analytics teams can still lack the Single Customer View, or easily accessible Data Lake or analytical playpen, they.. Read More
This is part 2 of our series focussed on helping Data Insight Leaders plan for GDPR. With the EU approved General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) due to be implemented in UK on 25th May 2018, this must be a consideration for all insight leaders. There has been a positive response to the first post on this topic, which has confirmed the concern about this topic that I’m hearing in my conversations. It.. Read More
Most of our content this month has been focussed on helping insight leaders prepare for the year ahead. With the EU approved General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) due to be implemented in UK on 25th May 2018, this must be a consideration for all insight leaders. In my own work with clients & conversations with others, I do find GDPR is cropping up more often. However, I’ve become a little alarmed.. Read More
In today’s search for bigger & bigger Big Data, I fear metadata is getting overlooked. Put that way it sounds ironic. Given many organisations are almost desperate to mine their data assets for advantage, why would anyone intentionally overlook metadata? But in fact this is nothing new. Thinking back to when I successfully led my first data warehouse project in the 1990s, it was an uphill struggle to make progress.. Read More
Are you ready for impact of new EU Data Protection regulation to your business? Have you updated your data strategy? Are you planning to appoint a CDO? When it comes to new EU regulation affecting businesses, it seems one of two problems are common. Either such regulation is foisted on unsuspecting business leaders, with little consultation (as we saw was the case for new EU VAT rules). The other problem.. Read More
It’s going to take how much longer?! It’s going to cost how much more?!! If those sound like all too familiar expressions of frustration, in relation to your data journey (projects), you’re in good company. It seems most corporations these days struggle to make the progress they plan, with regards to building a Single Customer View (SCV), or providing the data needed by their analysts.