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…

4 business drivers for data governance

1. Business Agility and Disruption Most analysts agree that we have moved from the Industrial and into the Information Age. During the Information Age, the phenomenon is that the digital industry creates a knowledge-based society surrounded by a high-tech global economy that spans over its influence on how the manufacturing throughout and the service sector…

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…

Monkeys, bananas and machine learning

There is an old story about an experiment involving nine monkeys. Four monkeys are placed in a cage. Every day, a plate of fresh fruit is placed into the cage. As the monkeys reach for the food the keepers come in and beat them. Over the course of a few weeks the monkeys learn not…