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Using 'as-a-Service' (aaS) to Support Digital Transformation for Small & Mid-sized Companies

For those of you who are old enough to remember or have read the book, “1984” by George Orwell, the future is no longer in a far-away place, it is our present state. For those of you who haven’t read this book, I suggest you do so. Understanding...

A Tale of Two Banks – Understanding the Data Problem is Key

“Bias toward action” has become a popular phrase that is now even found in job descriptions. It is popularly used in design thinking and most well known as one of Amazon’s 14 Leadership Principles.

We Don’t Need Another (Data Governance) Hero

 

“We Don’t Need Another Hero” by Tina Turner, is the theme song to the 1985 movie, “Mad Max Beyond the Thunderdome”. The story is based in post-apocalypse Australia and features Mad Max, the protagonist in a series of Mad Max films, a lone...

Data Governance to Maximize Value

Will All Companies Eventually Become Software Companies?

The other day I read an article in Information Week magazine titled, Capital One CIO: We’re a Software Company. I don’t think it’s any surprise that for a while now, Capital One has distinguished itself from competitors and other large...

A Data Breach – Scarier than Michael on Halloween

 

The Surprising Simplicity of Machine Learning & Artificial Intelligence

 

Science fiction writer Ray Bradbury once wrote, “Science fiction is any idea that occurs in the head and doesn't exist yet, but soon will, and will change everything for everybody, and nothing will ever be the same again. As soon as you have an...

How Small & Medium-Sized Organizations Can Modernize Data Operations Like Capital One & Fannie Mae

I recently came across an article in Forbes about how Fannie Mae is transforming its data environment to emulate more of what we see at firms like Amazon, Apple, Google and Facebook. Fannie Mae brought in Scott Richardson, formerly of Capital...

A Tale of Two Data Strategies: It Was the Best of Data, It Was the Worst of Data.

I’ve been engaged in several data modernization discussions lately with various organizations, and there seems to be a theme emerging that points to two very different and diverging approaches to data modernization: one that is very thought-out,...

Associations Are Data Companies – Plain and Simple

The data modernization movement has taken hold in the commercial sector, and we’re now seeing signs that the nonprofit and association sectors are beginning to follow suit. It’s no mystery that for the most part, associations struggle with their...

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