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Women in Information Management: Gretchen Burnham from First San Francisco Partners
October 20, 2017

Women in Information Management: Gretchen Burnham

By FSFP

Gretchen Burnham, a Certified Data Management Professional and Data Governance Business Analyst, has worked in the industry for nearly 15 years. Today, she spends her time in the field working with First San Francisco Partners’ clients focusing on Data Governance and Master Data Management (MDM) initiatives. Gretchen describes her consulting role as one that includes a lot of education, as well…

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First San Francisco Partners Data Governance Case Study
October 10, 2017

Data Governance and MDM Address Customer Data Issues [Case Study]

By FSFP

Establishing a Data Governance program can be a challenge for any large company. Schneider Electric, a global specialist in energy management and automation, was no exception. With offices throughout the U.S., Europe and Asia and a long history of acquisitions, Schneider Electric was faced with customer data issues that were having a measurable impact on its business operations. Schneider Electric…

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Recruit a Winning Data Governance Team
October 04, 2017

Recruit a Winning Data Governance Team

By FSFP

It’s football season, and that has us thinking about the elements of a great, winning team. Renowned football coach Vince Lombardi, who knew a lot about success on and off the field, once said: “Individual commitment to a group effort — that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.” And we’d like…

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State of Data Governance Survey Results from First San Francisco Partners
September 22, 2017

“State of Data Governance” Survey Results

By FSFP

Last month, we conducted a “State of Data Governance” survey to better understand what companies are doing to respond to the evolving data landscape. Our questions focused on Data Governance, management and lineage in the organization. Our clients and contacts received the survey, and we heard back from individuals at nearly 60 organizations across the U.S. Our Data Governance (DG) survey…

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Data Insights & Analytics Webinar Series With FSFP
September 13, 2017

DIA Webinar Recap: Analytics, Business Intelligence and Data Science

By FSFP

The Data Insights & Analytics webinar series, our partnership with DATAVERSITY, continued this month with a session on Analytics, Business Intelligence and Data Science. Our Founder and CEO Kelle O’Neal led the webinar, which was sponsored by Looker Data Sciences. Key topics for the webinar included definitions of Business Intelligence (BI), Analytics and Data Science, as well as differences in…

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GDPR Education: A Collection of Quizzes and Quirky Resources
September 07, 2017

GDPR Education: A Collection of Quizzes and Quirky Resources

By FSFP

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is designed to strengthen and unify data protection for all individuals within the European Union (EU). With an effective date of May 25, 2018, organizations within the EU and those managing EU citizen data are scrambling to get up to speed on the impending regulation. Almost daily we come across a news story or…

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Building a Remote Culture of Communication
August 30, 2017

Building a Remote Culture with Communication

By FSFP

Last year when our CEO Kelle O’Neal shared her thoughts on company culture in How We’re Making “Remote Work” Work, she talked about the importance of communication and cited tools and techniques we depend on. As we’ve added new consultants this year and built out our administrative staff, too, we’re focusing even more on being effective with our communications. Being…

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Data Architecture and Data Governance: What's the Relationship?
August 24, 2017

Data Architecture and Data Governance: What’s the Relationship?

By FSFP

Batman and Robin. Hans Solo and Chewbacca. Mario and Luigi. Just like these famous pairings, so it is for Data Architecture and Data Governance — they’re aligned to support each other in a variety of ways. What’s tops on this data management duo’s list? Their shared goal of creating standards and guidelines to support the enterprise (think: increasing operational efficiency,…

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Data Insights & Analytics Webinar Series With FSFP
August 17, 2017

DIA Webinar Recap: Big Data Analytics

By FSFP

Our CEO and Founder Kelle O’Neal facilitated this month’s webinar, Big Data Analytics — part of the ongoing Data Insights & Analytics educational series, which is a partnership with DATAVERSITY. Kelle kicked off the one-hour webinar with a promise to cover trends and interesting new developments occurring in the world of analytics — and what they offer to the way…

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Data governance do's and don'ts from First San Francisco Partners
August 01, 2017

For Data Governance Success, Focus on These Do’s and Don’ts

By FSFP

If you’re struggling to implement a successful and sustainable Data Governance program at your organization, you’re in good company. Many companies repeatedly initiate Data Governance (DG) efforts because their first attempt stalled out or fell flat. Another common scenario: a governance program gets off the ground, but the DG area find it challenging to sustain the program and/or demonstrate its…

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John Ladley, President and Chief Delivery Officer at First San Francisco Partners
July 26, 2017

Get to Know FSFP’s John Ladley

By FSFP

In December 2015, information management veteran John Ladley and his staff at IMCue Solutions, an enterprise information management (EIM) consultancy firm in St. Louis, merged with First San Francisco Partners (FSFP). Since that time, John has been a member of our firm’s management team overseeing the delivery of our consulting services to clients and being one of the key faces…

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Data Insights & Analytics Webinar Series With FSFP
July 24, 2017

DIA Webinar Recap: Governing Quality Analytics

By FSFP

How effective is your organization in governing its analytics processes and the responsible analytics teams? Are you taking advantage of analytics derived from Big Data? These are questions we posed to the data management professionals dialed in to the July webinar, Governing Quality Analytics, part of the Data Insights & Analytics educational series from DATAVERSITY. First San Francisco Partners’ John…

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July 19, 2017

This is What it Takes to Effectively Communicate a Data Governance Program

By FSFP

Effective communication is key for the launch of any large-scale organizational effort. For firms implementing a new (or revamping an old) Data Governance program, communication may play an even greater role. That’s because Data Governance (DG) can be a foreign-sounding or intimidating term to employees. When you communicate what’s in it for them and why it’s important to govern data,…

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Fundamental Concepts of Data Quality
July 10, 2017

Fundamental Concepts of Data Quality

By Malcolm Chisholm

Data is abstract. We can’t touch it or feel it, so we form mental concepts of it. Similarly, we find it difficult to pin down data quality with its conflicting definitions and terminology. Yet, there are fundamental concepts of data quality that information management professionals should rely on. Data Quality’s Manufacturing Roots Data quality is difficult to define, in part,…

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