Does data governance create more work?

A common challenge when setting up data governance and data stewardship capabilities in any organisation is the perception, real or imagined, that this is adding additional work to already stretched staff. This perception can mean that key stakeholders resist engaging in governance and stewardship roles. Instead, stewardship roles may be delegated or assigned to the…

How healthy is data driven healthcare

Over the past few years, the ethics of data use, particularly when related to big data analytics, has been a recurring theme. Most recently, I had a look at the cost of the Facebook data scandal. In this post, I moved away from a purely ethics driven argument to also look at the commercial impact…

Nobody should be a Data Steward!

Nobody should be a Data Steward! Kind of an ironic statement from a data management site with a particular focus on data governance. Almost every body working with data performs data stewardship tasks – mostly without even realising it.; A salesperson captures new leads, creates quotes, updates contact information and so on. If he does…

Economist report highlights business need for data governance

Data governance can be a game changer for modern business. Yet, getting to the point of value is easier said than done. A new report, Transforming data Into action: The business outlook for data governance, developed by the Economist Business Unit, explores the challenges and opportunities for data governance across a range of industries and geographies. The…

In honour of Mandela Day

“If you talk Data to business, it goes to their head. If you talk to business about empowering and enabling them to make informed business decisions based on accurate and trustworthy data that will give them the competitive advantage, it goes to their heart.” Neil Gage, Data Governance at Standard Bank This quote was inspired…

information privacy

PoPIA needs attention now!

A typical response to questions around PoPIA compliance is “we don’t need to worry about PoPIA (the South African Protection of Personal Information Act) until it’s fully implemented”. I’ve heard similar comments at several conferences.  It seems that South African companies are waiting until the last minute and assuming that they will have enough time…

Are you making the most of your mainframe data?

When most people think of legacy software, we think of software that is outdated and due for replacement. Yet, an alternative definition of legacy, particularly when it comes to mainframe application, is, simply, software that works. This is a definition that our partner, Syncsort, is proud of. The legacy DMX Sort product has been helping…