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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…

Harnessing Generative AI for Data-Driven Decision-Making

Harnessing Generative AI for Data-Driven Decision-Making

“In the boardroom, one fact remains constant: data is the lynchpin of contemporary business. How many organisations can genuinely claim to have fully operationalised their data assets, though? If your data strategy still resides on the periphery of business operations, rather than being its driving force, you’re in good company.” writes ChatGPT – How wonderful…

What is the environmental impact of your data?

What is the environmental impact of your data?

There is Something Human about Waste Let’s start by setting the scene – an all too familiar one. Humans love waste. We throw away around 100 billion pieces of plastic every year in the UK, and around 1.9 billion tonnes of food that can be eaten is discarded on an annual basis, and even on…

Why Invest in Data Quality?

Why Invest in Data Quality?

This can seem like a rhetorical question: you should always invest in Data Quality! But we are still not investing enough: surveys show Data Quality issues are increasing in most organisations and on average, take up 34% of a Data Engineers time instead of them creating value by adding new features. This increases to 50% in large…

Data Governance Maturity Assessment: The Secret Ingredient to Creating Great Insights

Data Governance Maturity Assessment: The Secret Ingredient to Creating Great Insights

I was gifted a visit to a Michelin restaurant once. It looked and felt like a nice country pub in every way, but when I tasted the leek and potato soup… wow. And I mean, WOW! I know, how good could leek and potato soup be, you ask? Well, let me tell you, my wife…

How to create a secure Azure Data Platform

How to create a secure Azure Data Platform

There are many methods you can use to secure your data platform and the data contained within it within Azure. The security controls that will be most effective for each data platform differ based on the usage of the platform, the data sources for the platform and many other factors; Having a holistic view of…

The Building Safety Act 2022 – How do you manage your data?

The Building Safety Act 2022 – How do you manage your data?

With new duties introduced from 12th April 2023, the construction industry should be mobilising itself to fulfill its obligations starting with planning gateway one with the next milestones just around the corner. The Building Safety Act is a comprehensive change in the regulation with significant impacts on Data and how it should be managed. The…