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…

Brexit: Will your data need a passport?

I saw a tweet recently reading “The new James Bond will spend 50% of his time in queues at EU passport control.” As a hard Brexit looks increasingly possible, British citizens may well find that their relationship with Europe is about to get substantially less convenient. How will this affect British and EU data exchanges?…

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…

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…