Big Data LDN has been running 22 -23 September. There have been some really interesting sessions covering data governance and the CDO role.
Robin Sutara spoke on the analytics paradox - balancing competing demands for agility and governance. Think big, one technology is not a magic bullet and learn to fail fast.
Start small with one business problem and build upon that. The data quality with adapt and improve to meet needs of each problem being addressed. It is people and culture that change a business. We need to think beyond the technology.
Great session and an important thought for the future to stop talking architecture and focus on business value. It goes beyond economics and needs sustainability.
Data is a hot mess, so lets cook session from Ben Schein mentioned a key point Data Governance is never done and always be open to new ideas. Data governance is a team sport. You need to find a balance between innovation and experimentation, data teams and consistency, usability and scale. He finished with some important areas to consider
- keep data definitions consistent
- don't wait for perfect data set to arrive
- data quality is essential for good insights
- let people go shopping for the data they needs
- there is no data magic wand
- data governance is a team sport
Another very insightful session from Cindi Howson on data-driven culture: is your organisation a laggard or leader, gave perspectives on the biggest challenges to being data driven.
- Data strategy is multi dimensional not linear
- Governance is being revised but you need to tell the story. It is still a problem but it needs communicating the purpose through strategy.
- They had Scott Taylor talk about data storytelling - keep simple
- Risk - listen, listen and listen more
- Soft skills are important
- Data Literacy is a spectrum.
- Nurture your community
- Play to your strengths and culture is the biggest hurdle
- Keep policy simple
- There should be a call to arms on Ethics
- Methods can be disrupted, innovative and evoke change
- It is not about technology outcomes