Crossing the Data Divide: AI Data Assistants — A Data Leader’s Force Multiplier

The focus of my last column, titled Crossing the Data Divide: Data Catalogs and the Generative AI Wave, was on the impact of large language models (LLM) and generative artificial intelligence (AI) and how we disseminate knowledge throughout the enterprise and the future role of the data catalogs. Spoiler alert if you have not read…

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Data Crime: Arizona Is Not Arkansas

I call it a “data crime” when someone is abusing or misusing data. When we understand these stories and their implications, it can help us learn from mistakes and prevent future data crimes. The stories can also be helpful if you have to explain the importance of data management to someone. The Story After a series…

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Do Citizen Data Scientists Add Value or Is the Concept Mere Buzz?

 If you read trade or industry journals or business publications, you have probably noticed that the subject of the citizen data scientist is fraught with controversy. While Gartner and other technology research firms have predicted the growth of this movement and its success, there are those who believe that the concept of citizen data scientists is just a lot of buzz and…

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The End of Agile – Part 1 (A Brief History of Agile)

In recent years, we have seen substantial pushback on many fronts against Agile as a viable and important project management methodology. In my 2016 book, “Growing Business Intelligence”[i] (a book about Agile BI), I quoted from a 2014 article by Dave Thomas, one of the signers of the “Agile Manifesto,” in which he recommended retiring…

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Creative Ways to Surf Your Data Using Virtual and Augmented Reality

Organizations often struggle with finding nuggets of information buried within their data to achieve their business goals. Technology sometimes comes along to offer some interesting solutions that can bridge that gap for teams that practice good data management hygiene. We’re going to take a look deep into the recesses of creativity and peek at two…

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The Role of Citizen Data Scientists vs. Data Scientists in Augmented Analytics

If you are an IT professional, a business manager, or an executive, you have probably been following the progress of the citizen data scientist movement. For a number of years, Gartner and other technology research and analysis firms have predicted and monitored the growth of this phenomenon.  In fact, in 2017, Gartner predicted that 40% of data science…

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How Data Analytics Is Transforming Due Diligence

Due diligence is the complex process of assessing a potential investment and ensuring it is a sound one. It involves the gathering, classifying, and analyzing of large volumes of data. Given its very nature, it’s the perfect field for data analytics, which can speed processes up and assess the quality and reliability of data. Due…

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The AI Playbook: Providing Important Reminders to Data Professionals

Eric Siegel’s “The AI Playbook” serves as a crucial guide, offering important insights for data professionals and their internal customers on effectively leveraging AI within business operations. The book, which comes out on February 6th, and its insights are captured in six statements: — Determine the value— Establish a prediction goal— Establish evaluation metrics— Prepare…

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The Currency of Information: Measuring the Value of Data (Part Four)

Data professionals often talk about the importance of managing data and information as organizational assets, but what does this mean? What is the actual business value of data and information? How can this value be measured? How do we manage data and information as assets? These are some of the questions that I intend to…

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Elevating Data and Analytics for 2024: A GenAI Imperative

As GenAI ascends in priority for CIOs, CDOs, and business leaders, 2023 has placed data and analytics in the spotlight. The hidden challenge is that entities lagging in data industrialization find themselves trailing in business transformation. GenAI and machine learning are touted to address myriad problems. Morgan Vawter, global vice president of data and analytics…

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