What is data lineage?
March 23, 2020

Making the Case for Data Lineage

By Catherine Ruef

In a world where data grows at an unprecedented rate and where technology is constantly being improved and reimagined, companies find themselves with an overwhelming amount of data kept (or, rather, lost) in multiple sources. This situation commonly leads to countless wasted hours looking for or wrangling data, pervasive poor data quality, inaccurate or incomplete reporting and lack of compliance….

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Remote work readiness tips
March 13, 2020

Remote Work Readiness: What’s Your Status?

By Kelle O'Neal

We’re a 100%-virtual company with a majority of clients across the US (some international) and our workforce is distributed, as well. We’ve been at this remote work “thing” for a while now — since 2007. It’s ingrained in our DNA. It fits our mission and our values. And it works for our client relationships, too. But this week I was…

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Data Governance as a service, not a program or project
February 18, 2020

Is Data Governance a Project, Team or Program? It’s a Service.

By Melanie Deardorff

At the end of Kelle O’Neal’s recent EDGO (Enterprise Data Governance Online) presentation, a participant raised an interesting question that illustrates just how much data governance has evolved since its inception in the early 2000s. They asked, “what is the difference between data governance and data governance as a service?” It’s a great question with a nuanced answer — and…

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Get Started with Collibra Metadata Integration
January 30, 2020

Get Started with Collibra Metadata Integration

By Les Marsyla

Metadata is foundational for data understanding and should be a top priority of any data governance program. Without a masterful grasp of what data means, where it comes from or how it’s classified (metadata), it’s virtually impossible for organizations to define quality levels, access rights, usage guidelines, etc., among others. To understand both the data and the value that can…

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EDGO 2020 recap
January 28, 2020

Data Governance Event Recap: 2020 EDGO

By Melanie Deardorff

Last week, Kelle O’Neal joined five governance industry professionals who presented at Enterprise Data Governance Online. EDGO, an annual event from DATAVERSITY, just marked its fifth year. This popular, free event offers a full day of live webinar sessions. EDGO 2020’s attendance was projected to be about 5,000 people from across the globe, representing all levels of data management experience….

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top 10 article on FSFP's blog for 2019
December 18, 2019

FSFP’s Top 10 Blog Posts for 2019

By Melanie Deardorff

Our First San Francisco Partners content creators are wrapping up another great year of writing data management articles for our blog readers and community. Even if you’re a regular follower of our blog, we thought you’d appreciate seeing our most popular articles, in case you missed any or want to re-read them. But first, here are things you might not…

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A DG Vision conference recap
December 17, 2019

A Recap of the DG Vision Conference

By Czarina Carden

Last week, I attended the first-ever DG Vision conference in Washington, DC, along with 350+ of my data management peers. It was an exciting place to be — and not just because it was held in the historic Mayflower Hotel built in 1925. (If these walls could talk!) It was because of the many practical learnings, insightful conversations and meaningful…

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Remote work in IT
November 19, 2019

Thoughts on Remote Work from a Virtual Recruiter

By Cinde Wakefield

Working in Human Resources roles for two decades now, I’ve definitely seen some shifts over the years in the area of hiring and retaining great talent. One of the biggest changes for me is being responsible for recruiting people who want to work remotely and assuring they will be successful in this type of atmosphere. Here at First San Francisco…

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Operationalize data management by Angie Pribor
October 18, 2019

Word to the Wise: When It Comes to Data Management, Operationalize

By Angie Pribor

In my corporate career, I had the opportunity to build data management programs for large, global companies centered around data governance and master data management. Those opportunities continued over the past five years in my role as a First San Francisco Partners consultant, working on various initiatives and for assorted diverse industries helping our clients achieve critical business objectives. The…

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IAPP Privacy Security Risk Conference
October 08, 2019

What Happens in Vegas: My Experience at IAPP’s Privacy, Security and Risk Conference

By Sarah Rasmussen

I just experienced my first visit to Las Vegas (a business trip) not long after I started my dream job here at First San Francisco Partners (FSFP). I talked about my career pre-FSFP here on the blog, but one part I didn’t share is that I’ve successfully avoided Las Vegas business conferences many times in 20+ years. Too much cement….

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Women in Information Management: Cara Dailey
September 26, 2019

Women in Information Management: Cara Dailey

By Melanie Deardorff

Our recurring Women in Information Management series is turning its spotlight outward beyond the virtual walls of First San Francisco Partners and on Cara Dailey, Silicon Valley Bank’s first Chief Data Officer. Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) was established in 1983. Today, it has $64B in assets and provides a range of banking services to companies of all sizes in innovation…

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update on US state data privacy regulations
September 25, 2019

What’s the State of U.S. State Privacy Regulations?


Understanding and responding to new and emerging U.S. state regulations continues to be a top concern of many of the clients we work with. Those who realize they must bear the brunt of the California Consumer Privacy Act have been working with their technology and business teams for months now to address the regulation’s requirements. With other states following the…

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Kelle O'Neal from FSFP talks about modern, agile data governance
August 28, 2019

A Modern Operating Model for Agile Data Governance

By Kelle O'Neal

Traditional data governance operating models, including centralized, decentralized and hybrids of the two, focus on governance councils and committees. These groups drive the development of policies and processes and oversee enforcement. Today’s needs for agility and speed-of-delivery, paired with greater attention on the value of data, require us to revisit traditional models. We need to ensure their relevancy and utility…

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Women in Information Management series
July 25, 2019

Women in Information Management: Sarah Rasmussen

By Melanie Deardorff

Sarah Rasmussen, one of our newest employees, is an experienced information technology professional with demonstrated success in the insurance, financial, educational and healthcare industries. Though she’s new to the First San Francisco Partners team, Sarah worked with our firm during our consulting engagement at her former company. We recently caught up with Sarah to get her thoughts on what it’s…

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