Data should be in the driver seat – here’s how

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While talk around digital transformation has been ‘hot on the heels’ for some time now, I often find myself wondering how much of this talk within business is centred around data, and not just technology. Data transformation goes hand in hand with the move to digital and while by default data will become a key component of any digital transformation strategy, I wonder if enough attention is being placed on data still – hence my consistent focus on driving the value of data in my blog posts.

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Securing an executive chair for the CDO

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My previous blog post clearly established that the Chief Data Officer (CDO) should be sitting at the leadership table of any business wanting to truly capitalise on their data assets. But getting this right is no easy task and you are likely wondering how CIOs can make a case for the CDO role – especially within smaller or medium size businesses who have other important aspects to focus with regards to investment.

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Smart, AI and Data walk into the room…what happens next?

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I must say, as I continue to see the world abuzz by AI, the more I am not only drawn to the topic but also tend to come across various views and opinions around businesses not yet truly benefitting from AI – and with that – the industry perception around the AI ‘pipe dream’.

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Does prescriptive analytics deserve more attention?

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Leveraging data to gain worthwhile insights is fast becoming a natural practice for businesses, as they contend to remain competitively viable in a market where the only constant seems to be change. Data is an asset and those not investing in it are likely to be missing out. Read the rest of this entry »

At the core of successful AI lies quality data

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Globally, the world is abuzz around Artificial Intelligence (AI). At the very core of AI lies data – and data of course is what really drives me.

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Is there a right or wrong time to hire a CDO?

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Having used my past two blog articles to address what a Chief Data Officer (CDO) should be and the value a CDO should offer an organisation, you may now very well be wondering if it is worth your while to hire a CDO. Read the rest of this entry »

The value of the CDO

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Chief Data Officer (or CDO) is a term that cropped up during the early 2000s, and two things became apparent to me. First was that many organisations found themselves caught in the ‘hype’ of having a CDO and second, that far too many organisations appointed a CDO without a clearly defined data analytics strategy.

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What a Chief Data Officer should be – part I

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In an age where the role of a Chief Data Officer (CDO) and Chief Information Officer (CIO) are used interchangeably, it is easy to get them confused. In my personal experience in the Business Intelligence (BI) space, I have learnt to ‘accept’ the confusion. Though, I say ‘accept’ here lightly, because the hype and confusion to differentiate between these two roles (and trends in general) never ends.

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