My key take aways from #DataCitizens18

datacitizens18For three days last week, New York City became the #datacapital of the world.

Data leaders and data citizens from 29 countries and every industry gathered for #datacitizens18.

What were some key themes?

1.) Is data governance dead?

As governance becomes integral to every data oriented scenario – analytics, AI, compliance, privacy and more – it needs to evolve. It needs to be simpler and it needs to be practical,

Governance is not dead, but it is changing

2.) Usability is not a feature.

Collibra continues to invest in the user experience. A key focus remains the Catalog – an application that enables governed, self service Bl.

Advanced analytics, big data and data science opportunities must be balanced against the need to protect the rights of the data subject.

3.) Governance helps every industry

While it is tempting to believe that data governance is for banks, and the world’s biggest and most competitive bank’s all use Collibra, the audience represented every industry.

Banking, Insurance, asset management, retail, telecommunications, high-tech, manufacturing and many more.

The use cases may differ but every industry is adopting governance.

4.) Dafense vs offense

While compliance requirements will continue to drive governance, most businesses are now using data to create new opportunities.

Ultimately, the biggest benefit of an event of this nature is to meet like minded individuals.

Great to meet up with old friends such as @damauk’s Nicola Askham (  @Nicola_Askham ) and Syncort’s  Paige Roberts ( @RobertsPaige ) and meet up with partners such as @syncsort, Lucid Technologies and @get_manta.

collibras first principleAnd to make new relationships with Chief Data Officers and data citizens from around the world and across multiple industries.

Having the opportunity to share insights and learn from successful Collibra users such as Dell / EMC, BNB Paribas Fortis, Verizon and many more really allowed us to eperience Collibra’s first principle – The customer must always succeed

collibra 10th borthdayIt is hard to believe, but DataCitizens18 also celebrated Collibra’s 10th birthday.

Here’s to many more…





For another perspective on #DataCitizens18 read Data Governance puts the Intelligence in Artificial Intelligence via @Syncsort or watch the video