Building a Realistic and Effective Data Program Governance Strategy

In Six Data Management Steps To Consider Before An Administration Shift William Sullivan of Cloudera lists the following steps government agency executives need to consider before the new Administration arrives: Take a close look at the data you have available. Is it the right type of data that allows you to see trends and stumbling […]

Thinking About “Data Program Governance”

Elevator pitch One phrase in regular rotation in my elevator pitch is “data program governance.” What does that mean? The individual words are straightforward: Data includes any kind of data such as numeric, financial, textual, image, or meta. Program means an organized set of activities designed to accomplish a defined set of objectives. Governance means […]

What Kind of Management Structure Is Needed to Govern a Data Analytics Program?

Introduction When thinking about developing a new data analytics program, two questions you need to address are: What services do you need to provide? To whom do you need to provide these services? I’m assuming here that your organization already provides products or services of some sort and that, through a new or enhanced data […]

How Important Is “Perfect Data” To Data Analytics Programs?

Back in 2014 I published a guest post on the Open Data Institute’s web site titled How important is the quality of open data? Here’s a quote from that piece: Setting aside for the moment how we define “quality” … database managers have always had to concern themselves with standards, data cleaning, corrections, and manual […]

Regarding Big Data, One Manager’s “Resistance” Is Another Manager’s “Caution”

Matt Turck has some interesting things to say about “big data” in “Is Big Data Still a Thing? (The 2016 Big Data Landscape).” Focusing on the technology, he seems to be saying that expectations for big data’s game changing disruption haven’t been met but that what we are seeing is maturation of the field brought […]

The Tip of the Spear II: Connecting Big Data Project Management with Enterprise Data Strategy

“If data analysis is Big Data’s “tip of the spear” when it comes to delivering data-dependent value to customers or clients, we also must address how that spear is shaped, sharpened, aimed, and thrown – and, of course, whether or not it hits its intended target.” Introduction In Meeting the Mission of Transportation Safety, Richard […]