Global Data Strategy Newsletter - May 2016
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Global Data Strategy Newsletter 
May 2016

Welcome to the Global Data Strategy newsletter.  This quarterly newsletter will provide you with updates on data management topics, trends, and insights from around the globe.  We hope you benefit from these resources, but if you don't wish to receive this information in the future, please unsubscribe below. 
Data-Driven Business Transformation
by Donna Burbank, Managing Director
Helping organizations transform their businesses through data is a founding principle of our company and, as such, it’s been nice to see the theme of Data-Driven Business Transformation as a popular topic in the press, media and conferences, as well as in our discussions and projects with customers.  Having been in the data management for over 20 years, it’s refreshing to see data as the topic of business discussions.  With new technologies and new perspectives on data, organizations across the globe are realizing the potential of data to help drive positive change.  We have a number of resources on data-driven business transformation in this quarter’s newsletter, and I hope you find them valuable.  A listing of recent resources can be found on the right-hand column, and some highlights are below:
  Article:  Data-Driven Business Transformation: What it means for today's Data Management Professional 
  Podcast:  Data is Transforming Business: Are Data Quality & Data Governance Keeping Pace? 
  Blog:  Conceptual Data Model is Physical 

Data Management Around the Globe

The Song Remains the Same

By Nigel Turner, Principal Consultant, EMEA
The first quarter of 2016 has been a busy one.  Over the last three months I’ve engaged with several customers and contacts in the UK, US and mainland Europe and spoken at a number of data management events, ranging from the Gartner Enterprise Information & Master Data Management (MDM) conference in London Docklands to a Marine Data Management seminar in the beautiful old city of Edinburgh in Scotland.  
This has given me the chance to talk with many data management people from a wide variety of sectors, including finance, retail, charities, marine, pharmaceuticals, central and local government, telecommunications and energy & utilities.  On the surface, many of these don’t have a great deal in common.  They span many industry verticals, both in the public and private sector, often in different parts of the world.  In many respects they are very different organisations, with their own cultures and practices, trying to tackle their unique business opportunities and challenges.
What these encounters have also highlighted, however, is that the data management problems they are trying to overcome are remarkably similar.  Data is data, and the problems of managing it tend to be universal.  I consistently hear questions such as:

  • How can I convince my senior business and IT leaders to invest in better data management?
  • How do I get buy in at ground level from both my business and IT colleagues?
  • How can I best persuade my business people to lead data management transformations and be accountable for data governance and improvement? 
  • How can I best improve data quality to make it fit for its intended business use?
  • The volume and variety of data my organisation stores is expanding all the time.  Where do I start to tackle the flood?
  • How do I need to manage new Big Data and Cloud environments?
  • How can I better exploit the data we have to innovate and become more data driven?
  • How should I ingest and use social media, open data and so on?
  • What do we need to do to ensure we are compliant with changing legal and regulatory regimes across the globe?
  • What data strategy do I need to put in place to address the above?  How do I ensure it aligns with my business’s goals and aspirations?

 What’s also clear from the above is not just that these questions apply to any data in any organization, but that the best practices to tackle them also have universal value.  The verticals have a lot more in common than they might think, and a lot to learn from each other.   
So, data management challenges are a bit like one of my favourite Led Zeppelin tracks, “The Song Remains the Same”.  But though the song doesn’t really change, it needs to be rearranged every time it’s played to meet the particular needs of each unique organization.   That’s a challenge we enjoy in Global Data Strategy. 

Management Team
We are a new company with years of experience. Our management team provides decades of knowledge in information management assisting organizations across the globe. Our network of consultants worldwide offer you world-class experience with local knowledge & expertise.
Donna Burbank, Managing Director has over 20 years of experience in data management, metadata management, and enterprise architecture. Her background is multi-faceted across consulting, product development, product management, brand strategy, marketing, and business leadership. Prior to this role, Donna was the Global Practice Director for Information Management at an international consulting company, EAC Group, providing consulting & thought leadership for key clients worldwide. She has served in key brand strategy and product management roles at CA Technologies and Embarcadero Technologies for several of the leading data management products in the market. She is a long time DAMA International member and is the President of the DAMA Rocky Mountain chapter. She can be reached at

Nigel Turner, Principal Consultant, EMEA has over 20 years experience in Information Management, specialising in Information Strategy, Data Quality, Data Governance, and Master Data Management. He created and led large IM & CRM consultancy & delivery teams in the British Telecommunications Group (BT), and has also worked as an Information Management consultant with Trillium Software, IPL, and FromHereOn.  In these consultant roles he has engaged with over 200 customer organisations from all parts of the globe.  Nigel is a well-known thought leader in Information Management and has presented at many international conferences in addition to writing numerous white papers and blogs on Information Management topics. He is an active member of the UK Data Management Association (DAMA UK) and co-founded its award winning Data Professionals’ mentoring programme. He can be reached at

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Articles & Blogs
 Data-Driven Business Transformation: What it means for today's Data Management Professional - TDAN
 Focus on the Data that's Important to your Business - TDAN 
 A Conceptual Data Model is Physical - DATAVERSITY
 Data is Transforming Business: Are Data Quality & Data Governance Keeping Pace?
 Best Practices in Data Governance & MDM
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