A review of 2017, and predictions for 2018

Happy New year, everyone. May 2018 bring you happiness! At this time of year it is traditional to look forward and make predictions for 2018. This year, I thought it may be useful to look back at 2017, while planning for 2018. Last year, I predicted that PoPI and GDPR would be major drivers for…

Merry Christmas

Happy holidays everyone! Hope you had a blessed and peaceful day yesterday, whether or not you celebrate Christmas, and that you managed to spend some time with loved ones.       party noun a social gathering of invited guests, typically involving eating, drinking, and entertainment. “a New year’s party” verb enjoy oneself at a…

One of the challenges of fitness for purpose

A common definition of quality data is data that is fit for purpose. Last week, I suggested that Steinhoff’s accounting shenanigans can be attributed (at least in part) to poor data quality and, more directly, to poor governance. Francois Marais’s Response to ‘a Steinhoff guide for dummies’ gives non-financial experts an understanding of what Steinhoff were doing.…

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Steinhoff, governance, and the value of data

Last week, Steinhoff CEO, Marius Jonker, resigned following allegations in Germany of irregularities in its financial reports. In the week since then Steinhoff shares have lost over 90% of their value,. Some are calling this South Africa’s Enron. Comparisons to the US energy giant whose bankruptcy resulted in a global recession and lead to the…

How are you governing unstructured data?

Most data governance initiatives begin with structured data – information held in systems or databases. Yet, unstructured data comprises the overwhelming majority of an enterprise’s information assets – and is of enormous potential business value to those who harness it correctly. It also presents huge challenges when it comes to management, governance, and effectively leveraging information…