Four steps to transforming data

Another brief post this week on an area that we do not focus on very often: data transformation. Data transformation is a relatively mundane yet fundamental data management capability – particularly when dealing with similar data from multiple sources. Three simple examples: System A represents Male and Female and 0 and 1, while System B…

Machine learning depends on quality data

Machine learning and artificial intelligence are the new hot topics in data analytics. These topics define subsets of data science that are primarily characterized by mathematical and statistical processes applied to data. In machine learning, algorithms replace humans in interpreting data. The expectation is that the machine will make purely data-driven ( better ) decisions…

Are you up to date with GDPR?

In 2016 we asked – What is GDPR and why should South African’s care? The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into effect in May 2018. Earlier this year, Liberty Life became one of the first global firms to suffer a major breach under GDPR – forcing the CEO onto television to limit…

Can data be a liability?

In a recent post on Linkedin, my colleague at Standard Bank South Africa, Kaiser Manasoe, asked the following: An interesting question to answer. Whilst we may view data as an organizational asset, the reality is that some data is actually a liability especially where the quality is poor or the data collected isn’t fit for…