At the end of May, the city of Boston named Andrew Therriault as its first CDO—chief data officer. Therriault, former Director of Data Science for the Democratic National Committee, comes with an impressive background. He has a B.A., M.A. and PhD. in politics from NYU. Before joining the DNC, he served as senior data scientist with Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research, whose client list includes global companies, advocacy groups, and political organizations as well as former presidents. So, he's certainly qualified.
You understand that data is the lifeblood of innovation and competitive differentiation. The key is to get the right data into the hands of business analysts when they need it. Sounds simple in theory, but challenges abound. However, for every challenge enterprises face surfacing and connecting the right data, there is an answer.
Matt Connon has an interesting job at Attivio. As the SVP of Channels and Partners, he gets the opportunity to work with a wide range of vendors and system integrators interested in what Attivio’s platform brings to the table. We spoke with Connon about his role and the importance of partners to Attivio’s success.
The answer to this question is straightforward within the context of quantitative disciplines like mathematics in which “linear” and “non-linear” are well defined and differentiated. The answer is less obvious in reference to data management and analysis. The industry acknowledges that a traditional, strictly linear IT-centric approach is ineffective in view of today’s evolving data landscape.
When it comes to gathering the right data and finding the relationships that make that data more meaningful, there’s one role that knows how to do it best - the data steward. That’s why they are often referred to as data detectives.
Your organization’s data is a competitive advantage. But how can you take advantage of it, if you don’t know what you have? How can you leverage it to provide data-driven insights to decision makers? There are several roles in the organization who can help, starting with IT.
The Chief Data Officer has never been a more necessary role in the organization than it is today. Organizations capture and store more data than ever before, and it’s growing exponentially every year.
Not only is business data growing, but we are seeing new types of data continually entering the mix. Data is structured, unstructured and semi-structured. It’s stored in big data lakes, in business applications, in file shares, and other places across the organization. There’s so much data that even the CDO isn’t completely aware of what’s out there.