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Why We Recommend the Intelligent Agent Approach to Generative AI

Why We Recommend the Intelligent Agent Approach to Generative AI

Discover how Intelligent Agent AI can revolutionise your data management with Oakland. As generative  AI continues to advance at pace, more businesses are adopting it into their data management and day-to-day operations. Picking off-the-shelf tools for your AI is simple and straightforward. Still, these ready-made generative systems don’t work seamlessly with your business, thanks to…

How to Drive ROI with Generative AI

How to Drive ROI with Generative AI

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is the technical revolution that everyone is talking about. No longer the premise of the Hollywood movie but impacting every aspect of our lives. In fact, Gartner has been tracking Generative AI since 2020. It is only since the launch of ChatGPT (insert your favourite) that the possibility of using AI in…

Oakland Partners with Data Literacy Academy: Bridging the imagination gap

Oakland Partners with Data Literacy Academy: Bridging the imagination gap

In today’s data-driven world, businesses are increasingly reliant on their ability to leverage information effectively. This has led to a growing demand for data literacy, not just within data-focused teams, but across all levels of an organisation. And a greater understanding of what data is, how you use your data, and the impact of both…

Everything you need to know about Big Data & AI World

Everything you need to know about Big Data & AI World

Introduction  Last week, I had the opportunity to attend the highly anticipated Big Data and AI World conference, an all-encompassing event that showcased the breadth and depth of the data industry. From the infrastructure backbone of data centers to the cutting-edge applications in machine learning (ML) and large language models (LLMs), the conference offered a…

Develop an actionable data strategy from a data maturity assessment

Develop an actionable data strategy from a data maturity assessment

A data maturity assessment, whether delivering the new Data Maturity Assessment for Government, or utilising Oakland’s own maturity assessment framework, is a great way to get a grip on your current data capabilities. It can highlight issues and create a case for change; however, it can often leave organisations wondering “what next?”. Whilst you might…

Should you use Data Lakehouse instead of a Data Warehouse and / or Data Lake? 

Should you use Data Lakehouse instead of a Data Warehouse and / or Data Lake? 

Should you use Data Lakehouse instead of a Data Warehouse and / or Data Lake?  Intro  When using your Data Platform to improve your Business Intelligence with useful dashboards and reports, you’ll more than likely want to use a Data Warehouse. Add on your data science builds, and storing your raw data cheaply, plus adding a…

How can you demonstrate the ROI of Data Governance?

How can you demonstrate the ROI of Data Governance?

Imagine being a shopper in a store, where every aisle is filled with items and multiple choices. As you stroll through the store looking at the items on the shelves, the ‘unwritten’ rule of purchase pops into your mind. If something doesn’t offer value, it is likely to stay on the shelf and not make…

How do you deliver a Data Maturity Assessment for Government (DMAG)

How do you deliver a Data Maturity Assessment for Government (DMAG)

Have you been instructed to deliver a Data Maturity Assessment for Government (DMAG) but don’t know where to start? This blog will help you get stuck in.  In launching the DMAG, Megan Lee Devlin, the CEO of Central Digital and Data Office (CDDO), said, “Permanent Secretaries, Chief Digital and Information Officers, and Chief Data Officers…

How to avoid the traps of data transformation 

How to avoid the traps of data transformation 

In recent years, many organisations have expressed a need to be more data driven.  This comes from a desire to capitalise on more digitised processes and customer interactions, and the insights that might be found within the data that is created.  As executives have pushed for more data and insight, many organisations have realised that…

Should you build or buy your data platform?

Should you build or buy your data platform?

“Build Versus Buy” is More a Scale of Options than a Binary Decision As consultants, we’ve been involved in helping our clients to decide which is the best software to invest in (or not invest in some cases). This is quite a responsibility as we are putting our reputation in the hands of a vendor,…

What is the purpose of a company’s data strategy?

What is the purpose of a company’s data strategy?

What is the purpose of a company’s data strategy? Data: it’s the best of times and the worst of times. Over the last two decades, there’s been a huge surge in interest, innovation, and investment in big data. It’s hard to find a company that doesn’t want to be more data-driven or a CEO who…

How to deliver a successful data strategy presentation to the board

How to deliver a successful data strategy presentation to the board

In today’s fast-paced business landscape, the pursuit of data-driven excellence has become a common theme. Companies large and small are eager to extract more value from their data and make smarter, more informed decisions. CEOs and executives have embraced the importance of data, recognising it as a key driver of success. However, the path to…