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Data Insights & Analytics Webinar Series With FSFP
February 20, 2017

DIA Webinar Recap: Data Lake vs. Data Warehouse

By FSFP

If you’re interested in getting First San Francisco Partners’ take on the “best” solution for your organization, we hope you attended our February 2 Data Insights & Analytics (DIA) webinar. Our co-hosts Kelle O’Neal and John Ladley covered the Data Lake vs. Data Warehouse topic from all angles. Our agenda for the one-hour webinar was packed full: Defining the Data…

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The Missing Piece(s) in Data Governance
February 16, 2017

The Missing Piece(s) in Data Governance

By Angie Pribor

Data governance, as a practice, is no longer a new concept. We’ve been at this for some time now — and there are volumes of books, blogs, white papers and conferences on the topic. Data governance should be treated like any other business as usual (BAU) practice, organizational function or process. So, why are we still in a new-concept state?…

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Data-Centric Development Life Cycle
February 14, 2017

What is a Data-Centric Development Project?

By Malcolm Chisholm

Data-Centric Projects Defined When computers were first widely adopted by enterprises in the mid-1960s, the focus was on automating processes, particularly books and records. These processes were manual and well understood by the business. At that time, people considered data merely a byproduct of computerized systems, if it was considered at all. By contrast, today many development projects are not…

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Data Insights & Analytics Webinar Series With FSFP
January 19, 2017

DIA Webinar Recap: Data Insights and Analytics Frameworks

By FSFP

More than 180 information management professionals joined our January 5, 2017, webinar, Data Insights and Analytics Frameworks. (A great turnout for our first DIA call!) John Ladley started the call with a definition of an analytics framework: The structure for delivering and getting value out of your data and an architecture for decision-making, including the organizational model. Then Kelle O’Neal…

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Leveraging the Value of Data-centric Processes FSFP
January 05, 2017

Leveraging the Value of Data-Centric Processes

By Kelle O'Neal

There are processes embedded into the organization that are focused on data and data management and optimization. There is a recognition that data is an input and a valuable output of other processes in the organization, and these inputs and outputs are understood and retained to extend data understanding in the organization. Many articles have been written about data-management-specific processes,…

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FSFP's Top 10 Blog Posts for 2016
December 30, 2016

FSFP’s Top 10 Blog Posts for 2016

By FSFP

It’s not like our Founder and CEO Kelle O’Neal hadn’t been blogging before April. In fact, she regularly contributed to the Beye (Business Intelligence) Network and to other sites like CIO.com and DataInformed. Launching a blog on our dotcom turf gave us a home for Kelle’s insights on enterprise information management topics, as well as occasionally sharing what it’s like…

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December CDO Vision Webinar with First San Francisco Partenrs
December 21, 2016

CDO Vision Webinar Recap: 2017 Trends in Data Strategy

By FSFP

On our December 1 CDO Vision webinar, we turned our attention to the coming new year and predicted what might be in store for data management strategies, including predictive analytics, data monetization and Big Data. Our passionate prognosticators Kelle O’Neal and John Ladley were joined by data strategy and analytics pro Micheline Casey. They divvied up the topics and spent…

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Did Data Science Lose the U.S. Election? by Malcolm Chisholm at FSFP
December 14, 2016

Did Data Science Lose the U.S. Election?

By Malcolm Chisholm

The recent United States presidential election was hard fought on both sides and generated a lot of emotion. It seems that divisions remain, but one thing both sides can agree on is the surprising lack of accuracy in the predictions about who would win and by how much. This seems to have dealt a considerable blow to the reputation of…

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CDO Vision Webinar Series With First San Franciso Partners & DATAVERSITY
November 23, 2016

CDO Vision Webinar Recap: Real World Data Strategy Success Stories

By FSFP

Our November CDO Vision webinar with DATAVERSITY highlighted data strategy success stories, focusing on enterprise information management (EIM) initiatives that met or exceeded their stated goals. Co-presenters Kelle O’Neal and John Ladley covered a variety of industry examples, including energy and retail. They set up the firms’ data issues and opportunities, the focus of the EIM initiative and the successes…

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Ensuring the Quality of "Fit for Purpose" Data
November 18, 2016

Ensuring the Quality of “Fit for Purpose” Data

By John Ladley

Welcome back to our CIO.com series on managing the data landscape and making sure you get the most value out of your data. In our first article in the series, 5 Critical Success Factors to Turn Data Into Insight, and the ones that follow it, we seek to define these five capabilities that play key roles in the success and…

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How We Make "Remote Work" Work at First San Francisco Partners
November 15, 2016

How We’re Making “Remote Work” Work

By Kelle O'Neal

Recently, a friend of mine shared an article with me about Automattic, the maker of WordPress, and its remote work culture. We’ve been a virtual company since I started First San Francisco Partners (FSFP) back in 2007. Over the years as virtual companies have received more attention, I found that being the CEO of one makes me the subject of…

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John Ladley's Tech Target Reblog Data Governance Part 1
October 24, 2016

A Review of the Top Data Governance Tools

By John Ladley

Today, buyers have many options for data governance software. There are new vendors and established players both vying for your business. Each offers tools boasting a variety of features. With so many choices, though, it can be quite confusing. My four-part Buying Decisions series on Tech Target concludes with a look at the top tools on the market. Our hope…

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October 2016 CDO Vision Webinar - DATAVERSITY and First San Francisco Partners
October 11, 2016

CDO Vision Webinar Recap: Take the Scary Stuff Out of Your Data Governance and EIM Programs

By FSFP

Data management efforts — especially those requiring major organizational changes — can be met with fear and trepidation. Chief Data Officers and other data management leaders may find themselves spending a significant amount of time dealing with this fear and working hard to keep people engaged. The webinar focused on ways to bust through the fear factor, and much of…

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A Key Partnership: Data Governance and Legal
October 10, 2016

A Key EIM Partnership: Data Governance and Legal

By Malcolm Chisholm

Ever-increasing laws and regulations around data make it more critical today for the groups to work well together. Legal’s core capabilities of understanding these laws and regulations — and being able to interpret them within the use cases that drive the business — make it a key partner for DG. When DG understands and even appreciates Legal’s focus, its initiatives…

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