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Author Aiken, Peter
Source ACM Digital Library
Content type Text
Publisher Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
File Format PDF
Copyright Year ©2016
Language English
Subject Domain (in DDC) Computer science, information & general works ♦ Data processing & computer science
Subject Keyword BigCo ♦ CDO ♦ CIO ♦ Data management ♦ IT management ♦ Analytics ♦ Business intelligence ♦ Chief data officer ♦ Chief information officer ♦ Conceptual modeling ♦ Data ♦ Data architecture ♦ Data governance ♦ Data integration ♦ Data stewardship ♦ Data warehousing ♦ Enterprise architecture ♦ Enterprise data executive ♦ Information systems ♦ Organizational design ♦ Policy ♦ Strategy
Abstract In a manner similar to most organizations, BigCompany (BigCo) was determined to benefit strategically from its widely recognized and vast quantities of data. (U.S. government agencies make regular visits to BigCo to learn from its experiences in this area.) When faced with an explosion in data volume, increases in complexity, and a need to respond to changing conditions, BigCo struggled to respond using a traditional, information technology (IT) project-based approach to address these challenges. As BigCo was not data knowledgeable, it did not realize that traditional approaches could not work. Two full years into the initiative, BigCo was far from achieving its initial goals. How much more time, money, and effort would be required before results were achieved? Moreover, could the results be achieved in time to support a larger, critical, technology-driven challenge that also depended on solving the data challenges? While these questions remain unaddressed, these considerations increase our collective understanding of data assets as separate from IT projects. Only by reconceiving data as a strategic asset can organizations begin to address these new challenges. Transformation to a data-driven culture requires far more than technology, which remains just one of three required “stool legs” (people and process being the other two). Seven prerequisites to effectively leveraging data are necessary, but insufficient awareness exists in most organizations—hence, the widespread misfires in these areas, especially when attempting to implement the so-called big data initiatives. Refocusing on foundational data management practices is required for all organizations, regardless of their organizational or data strategies.
ISSN 19361955
Age Range 18 to 22 years ♦ above 22 year
Educational Use Research
Education Level UG and PG
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 2016-05-01
Publisher Place New York
e-ISSN 19361963
Journal Journal of Data and Information Quality (JDIQ)
Volume Number 7
Issue Number 1-2
Page Count 35
Starting Page 1
Ending Page 35


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