basotho caves

Data stewards, not data despots

This old baSotho story was shared by a friend of mine. “During the droughts of the late 1700’s. The country was under attack from marauding bands and a man suggested that the entire tribe stockpile its food and water on a cliff cave that can only be accessed by ropes. So every field was ripped and…

GDPR

What is GDPR and why should we care?

Until a couple of weeks ago, I had never even heard of GDPR – the new General Data Protection Regulation set by the European Union (EU). And yet, for companies offering or wanting to offer services to clients located in Europe, the implication of infraction are clear: very high fines. This new European legislation, which…

cash flow

Data quality leads to cash flow optimisation

Effective cash flow is essential for business survival, as it promotes liquidity and enables an organisation to meet its short-term debt or credit demands. Although it is often perceived to be a finance issue, the reality is that cash flow optimisation is an operational issue, since it requires coordination across the organisation. Cash flow optimisation…

data sharing

On creating a data sharing culture

Last week I facilitated a discussion on “Creating a data sharing culture” at the Chief Analytics Officer forum, in Johannesburg. Data sharing is increasingly important as companies seek to achieve enterprise goals such as advanced analytics (the focus on last weeks event) and master data management. The simple question, “Are you a data producer or…