Will Crump

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With over 15 years invested in building high-performance, cross-functional teams to compete in global venues, Will Crump brings a wealth of experience in team selection, alignment and motivation. Will has 12 years of management experience in software product development for consumer, OEM, and enterprise business-to-business web-application technologies. In addition to hands-on product cultivation, Will has 10 years of senior executive experience in guiding business development, international expansion, partnerships, line of business profit & loss as well as strategy consultation to key accounts. Outside the office, Will is an accomplished competitive sailor with National, Continental and major Blue-Water racing trophies to his name. Will holds a BA in History from Hampden-Sydney College and an Executive MBA from the Copenhagen Business School.
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The Key to a Successful M&A = Data

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Data is often the single point of failure for many organizations. Divestitures, privatization, leveraged buyouts, and management buyouts are all on the rise, but data too often remains an afterthought, rather than an asset to be governed.

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Bringing Data Governance into Your Organization

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Analysts and professional services organizations offer multiple definitions for data governance. But, they rarely provide a clear picture of what data governance should look like within an organization. In this post, I’ll define data governance and provide insight into how you can initiate a data governance program at your organization.

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What's a Data Steward? And Why Would I Ever Want to Be One?

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In a recent discussion with an industry peer, I asked about how his customer population dealt with certain stewardship responsibilities. His response was “Steward is really an esoteric term that our users don’t really identify with even though that’s what they do.” He put words to observations we have shared internally. There is a growing concern about the title “data steward” and the expectations of responsibility for the role. A recent Forrester research paper titled “Data Stewards are Set Up to Fail" even puts some legit research facts behind it.

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[Video] 3 Approaches to Information Governance & 1 Unique Methodology

In this interview, President and CEO Will Crump explains the three ways organizations approach data decisions and how DATUM uses a unique methodology for establishing an information governance program. 

What makes DATUM’s methodology different from other information governance solutions companies?

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Announcing the Information Value Management® Integration Capabilities for SAP

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We are proud to announce the availability of new integration capabilities that allow Information Value Management® (IVM) to interoperate with SAP Information Steward Software. The processes in IVM® for defining data strategy and policy can now work together with the data management functions in SAP Information Steward and other SAP solutions for enterprise information management (EIM) that provide data quality, master data management, content management, and information lifecycle management, supporting a comprehensive solution for information governance.  

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A New Approach to Metadata Management Through the Eyes of the Business

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Since the popularity of our Information Value Management® solution has grown so has the question “how does this compare to or compliment metadata management?” There are distinct differences between the two based on the unique challenges we have observed and tackled in the collective 300+ man-years of data governance experience we have within DATUM LLC. The purpose of this blog is not to question the value of metadata management. There is a very real need to discover and document attributes that describe the context of data, but the needs for the IT organization are distinctly different from the needs of the Business in that regard. This gives rise to a different approach through Information Value Management® (IVM). Before we can discuss a new approach, we must understand the current position of metadata in an organization.

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Why You Need a True Partner in Information Governance

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Offering to “Partner” with a customer has to be one of the most over-baked weasel words in the enterprise software and services marketplace - particularly where information governance consulting services are involved.

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The CDO's Guide to Data Governance Maturity Models

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So what’s the big deal with Maturity Models for Data Governance and why should the Chief Data Officer (CDO) care? Our friends at Gartner have recently pointed out that in some cases, a Maturity Model is only a consulting tool primarily used for selling services. They are correct! Some services organizations rely on selling fear, uncertainty, and doubt and do use a cliched maturity model to do so.

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How to Organize for Data Management

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As a company our reputation has been forged through helping large enterprises figure out how to organize for data success. Three to five years ago, we were still teaching senior executives that creating a competitive business advantage was dependent upon managing data better through all levels of the enterprise.

Today we see greater recognition of the risks and opportunities in data at the top of the organization, but the challenge persists in providing the story, the evidence and the direction for resolving enterprise gaps in data with sustainable penetration into the many layers and silos of the enterprise. As a result, the process of organizing for data has become a critical step in providing executive confidence and green-lighting valuable data or information initiatives.

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