sassa

SASSA controversy and “creepy” data

Many South Africans will be familiar with the recent controversy over the renewal of the Net1 contract to pay social grants. I prefer not to engage with the merits of the Net1 decision – ultimately the I do not have access to the facts. The realities of whether an alternative could have, or should have, been…

easter

Data governance means different things to different people

Easter 2017 has just passed.   For practicing Christians, Easter is an important religious holiday. Arguably, Easter commensurate the founding premise of the Christian faith. In South Africa we celebrate a long weekend – both Easter Friday and the Monday are public holidays. For Christians, the Easter Sunday Church service is one of the most important…

winning team - 1995

Creating a winning data culture

This post is inspired by Joost van der Westhuizen, who died earlier this month after  a long battle with motor neuron disease. Joost was arguably the greatest ever scrum half, and was a key member of the 1995 world cup winning Springbok team. The 1995 Rugby World Cup unified South Africans as they had never…

client centric

Data governance key to improved customer experience

In many cases, regulatory pressures are used to justify investments in data governance. This is because regulations such as: King III – for corporate governance PoPI – for protection of personal information FICA – for anti-money laudering (AML) and sanctions BCBS 239 – for risk management are tightly linked to enterprise information management outcomes. Yet,…

water or poison

Water, or poison?

Imagine that you have had nothing to drink for a day or two. Yo are offered a choice – three seemingly identical glasses of water. Two glasses do, indeed, hold clean, refreshing water. The third has been contaminated with a tasteless, odourless poison,. It may not kill you, but it will do lasting damage. Would…