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November Travelogue Part 2: Data in Dublin

by Alan D. Duncan  |  November 13, 2014  |  Submit a Comment

November is proving to be a busy month for me, travel and event-wise. Following straight on from the IBM event on Bonfire Night, I hopped on a flight to Dublin for the Information Governance & Quality conference on 7th November. (I’ll finish the month with a week-long trip to the Gartner mother-ship in Stamford, Connecticut for brainwashing corporate onboarding. Yay.)

Coincidentally, perhaps, November 7th was also World Vasectomy Day. So with accountability, mindfulness, control, and privacy all being watch-words for the day, those of us in Dublin certainly had plenty in common with any brave souls who chose to participate in the latter event. At least metaphorically…

Interestingly for a data event, much of the agenda focussed on business-side issues, rather than the technology aspects of data management – that’s a good thing in my view. Perhaps it’s because conference chair Daragh O’Brien and his team at Castlebridge Associates have come to the data world from a legal and business standpoint, rather that a technical one. Certainly, the IGQIE agenda was predominantly focussed on the business impacts and implications of data, rather than the physical aspects of “plumbing”. (See here for the conference Twitter stream #IGQIE2014.)

As a foremost authority on data governance, data protection and data privacy, Daragh is well connected across the industry and had assembled a fantastic “who’s who” line-up of speakers for the event, including a keynote from legal expert Fergal Crehan, sessions from Jan Henderyckx, Cathal Gurrin and Michael McMorrow, as well as my own “lightning talk” on using business analytics to drive out considerations for the ethical uses of data (note to self: trying to cram over an hour’s worth of material into 10 minutes just won’t work, and talking faster doesn’t help…) Iwas also able to re-connect with friends from October’s International Data Quality Summit,  Joy Medved of Paradata Consulting and DAMA President Sue Geuens, both of whom ran in-depth workshops on aspects of setting up Data Governance prgrammes.

Compliance-based business enablement was a strong factor in the various discussions – how to take a compliance requirement and use it as a trigger for business improvement. Banking and Government case studies on particular showed how this could be made viable (as well as Irish Water getting a repeated kicking throughout the day as a case study on how not to do it…)

Key themes arising from the day included:

  • Impacts arising from changes of legislation within the European Union with respect to Data Protection as a fundamental citizen right (Hint: the requirements are significant and have operational implications, particularly now that the penalties for failure are increased and include the prospect of going to prison. You have been warned.)
  • Implications of good Data Quality and Data Governance mandated by the EU Privacy directives (Hint: DQ AND DG are both necessary, neither is sufficient. “Privacy by design” is now a necessity.)
  • Impacts of the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision directive BCBS 239 on data risk in the Financial Services sector (Hint: there are lots, though they are somewhat implicit in the risk expectation statements, rather than being called out directly. If you’re a Bank, you need to do Data Management properly, not just for compliance reasons, but as a fundamental aspect of running your business effectively.)
  • Impacts of “right to be forgotten (Hint: you don’t have the right to be forgotten…)
  • Reputational and customer relationship impacts of good and bad data practices (Hint: adverse reputational impact is probably the most likely and most costly damage that will arise from any unethical data management practices. Make ethical considerations paramount in any solution concepts)
  • The relationship of Data Governance and Business Change (Hint: Data Governance is a Business Transformation Programme, not a project. Run it as such, and make sure organisational change management is front and centre within the programme execution.)

All together, a splendid event with splendid content delivered by splendid people in a splendid location. Splendid!

Category: analytics  big-data  business-analysis  business-intelligence  data-governance  data-quality  information-management  

Alan Duncan
Research Director
1 years at Gartner
22 years IT Industry

Alan Duncan is a Research Director within Gartner's Analytics and Business Intelligence research team. Major areas of interest include: the business value of analytics solutions and architectures, data governance and quality, culture of evidence-based decision making, and data-led organizational change. Read Full Bio




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