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How to Open Your Own GDPR Kitchen

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Over the last year, I have had the pleasure of participating in hundreds of conversations on General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).  From these conversations, I’ve gotten an understanding of the struggles organizations are trying to solve when it comes to the 99 new GDPR regulations. The big challenge is that the EU has remained relatively silent on what processes, applications, methodologies and procedures should be applied in order for an auditor to walk away satisfied.   As a result, there’s a debate over what organizations need to do in order to be compliant and capable.  The EU regulators seem to prefer to see what the market will produce and will go from there.  In other words, they do not really know what to expect and they’re leaving it in our hands to cultivate an appropriate solution.

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4 Steps to Turn Your Data into a Competitive Advantage

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The following was published in Forbes.com Oct 4, 2017.

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Escape from Excel %&#$

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If you work with your company’s data team, chances are you’ve visited this place quite often. This isn’t a happy place. It’s a place filled with misery, annoyance, time wasting, hair pulling - the list goes on.  Travel to this place always starts the same way, with a double click on an innocent looking green icon in the corner of your screen. Once opened, the Excel sheet looks crisp, clean, and ready for all of your data, but we all know this is the only time it will look this good. 

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Forrester Report: 4 Consumer Privacy Mandates You Need to Focus on Before the GDPR Deadline

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As you may know, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) puts a spotlight on the already sensitive issues of consumer data and privacy.  While many of us have been focused on data security and privacy to earn consumer’s trust, the GDPR now adds new privacy mandates and related penalties (fines) for noncompliance.

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Top 3 Ways Proper Metadata Management Drives Business Insights

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Metadata is definitely a term that’s thrown around quite a bit, but does everyone really understand the crucial role it can play in decision making?  Maybe not. To make sure we’re all on the same page, let me first define how we look at metadata.  In short, metadata is information that provides information about other data. This makes finding and working with data easier.  In other words, metadata can provide insight and there’s value to be had there!

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Building a True Data Monetization Strategy

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The following is an excerpt from the article in August 16, 2017 SAPinsider, Volume 18, Issue 3.

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Top 10 Artificial Intelligence Quotes (That Don't Predict the End of the World!)

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Drones, driverless vehicles, Amazon robotics – it seems like wherever you turn there is news around artificial intelligence (AI) and theories of how it will profoundly change our world.

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Building Solid Foundations in a Data Swamp, Part I

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Much has been written about Big Data, Data Science and Artificial Intelligence and how these will change the world through the insights being derived from the data. This especially applies to the unstructured data. A recent article in the Harvard Business Review indicated that “cross-industry studies show that on average, less than half of an organization’s structured data is actively used in making decisions—and less than 1% of its unstructured data is analyzed or used at all.”[1]

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Is It Time for a New Approach to Data Governance?

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We say yes!

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Can GDPR Monetize your Organization?

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In order to monetize your organization’s data, start with a financial plan that considers the cost of inaction.  For an example of what inaction might look like, let’s use General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) as an example.

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