Category Archive: Data and information strategy

Data and information strategy

Unpacking the top data trends for 2023

As the year rushes to an end, it is interesting to see what the analysts are indicating as the top expected trends for next year. With that in mind, I recently took a deeper look into two independent trends focused papers I came across – ‘The Top 5 Data Science And Analytics Trends In 2023’ …

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Understanding the essential KPIs for data and analytics

To be successful, any organisation must be able to measure what it manages. This is especially true when it comes to data – easily one of the most significant assets any digitally driven business has access to. I recently came across this Gartner report that examines the five data and analytics (D&A) KPIs that every …

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Can an organisation be data-centric without a CDO?

Regular readers of my blog will no doubt know that due to my immersion in the data-information-insights spectrum, I’ve been very interested in data centricity and the role of the Chief Data Officer (CDO) for some time. On reading a recent industry piece about the role of the CDO, a question that came to my …

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The importance of analytics in the data governance process

When it comes to data, one of the areas that really interests me is the connection between data analytics and data governance. There is obviously a lot of material available on how data governance can assist organisations achieve better data analytics outcomes, however, a paragraph focusing on analytics-enabled data governance in this Precisely.com article ‘The …

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Finding balance between data science and data engineering

Previously, I wrote about the two-tiered data lakehouse with an analytical sandbox and a curated data warehouse in the second layer – the one for productised BI and the other for data science work. I was therefore intrigued when coming across a Forbes article titled ‘Three Keys to a Harmonious Relationship between Data Science and …

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Finding value in the data lakehouse

As you may have gathered from my previous post, I have become very interested in cloud-based data lakehouses. It was therefore with a keen interest that I read the article ‘Five Effective Ways to Build a Robust Data Lake Architecture’ on Enterprise Talk. While initially I was hoping that the author was going to review …

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Rethinking the opportunities bubbling below the surface of data lakes

Long-time readers of my blog can likely recall my scepticism around data lakes when they first emerged. However, a lot of water has flowed into the space since then, motivating me to start investigating the area in-depth. My early criticisms against Hadoop-based data lakes were that they were too batch-oriented to cater for business analytics …

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Unlock new business insights through data fabrics

Seeing as I’m currently working at large for a federated organisation with significantly different and siloed business streams that are managed through a plethora of different systems – ranging from 30-year-old mainframes to modern in-cloud platforms – the topic of data fabrics is very interesting to me. Even more so given how I’m coming from …

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Telling powerful stories with data visualisation

Long-time readers of this blog know I’m a big advocate for using data visualisations to better narrate the ‘stories’ that are hiding inside organisational data. My interest was therefore sufficiently piqued when I came across this article on the Bulletin Expert Contributor Network. And while it doesn’t make any wild discoveries, I enjoy the way …

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Demonstrating value as a Chief Data Officer

The year has started with the proverbial bang. But even though the pace has been furious, there are many constants in which we can find comfort. One of these is how critical data is to every organisation regardless of industry vertical.

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