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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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Celebrate International Women's Day with Kelle O'Neal
March 08, 2019

Celebrate International Women’s Day With Me … and Take Action!

By Kelle O'Neal

Today is International Women’s Day, a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day is a call to action for accelerating gender parity (e.g., comparable incomes, college graduation rates and workforce participation between men and women). This is something I’m passionate about, especially gender parity in the information management industry that I’ve known and…

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Kelle O'Neal DG Winter keynote
December 19, 2018

The Future of Data Governance is Now

By Kelle O'Neal

Earlier this month, I had the privilege of delivering the keynote at the Data Governance Winter Conference. I’ve been a data governance trainer, practitioner and enthusiast for well over a decade. Yet I can’t recall a period of time that is as exciting, as momentous, and as dynamic as the here and now. Today. Living in a data-never-sleeps reality where…

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quality analytics
November 20, 2018

Why Quality Analytics Needs Governance and How to Get Started

By Kelle O'Neal

The shift toward digital business is being fueled by data-driven organizations that are using a broad spectrum of analytical capabilities to inform decision-making. While this work can be exciting and game-changing, there’s an overarching need for a thoughtful strategy and effective framework to govern analytics and enable the data citizen through self-service. Not enough firms are focused on this. We’ve…

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data architecture metrics
October 23, 2018

Metrics for Data Architecture Effectiveness

By Kelle O'Neal

Does your data architecture practice work? Has it had an impact on your organization? How do you know? Some people may believe data architecture is “just good hygiene” and that it “has to be done” because it is too conceptual for the impact to be measured. I disagree. It can and should be measured. Data architecture as a practice is…

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minimum viable state article by kelle o'neal
July 09, 2018

A Minimum Viable State and Why Information Management Programs Need It

By Kelle O'Neal

The term Minimum Viable Product, with its roots in the software industry, has been part of the lexicon for some time now. Its meaning: something that provides the most basic functionality and value to satisfy early adopters. There’s a similar concept in First San Francisco Partners’ methodology and approach, the Minimum Viable State (MVS). We define MVS as the essential…

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Data Governance pitfalls by Kelle O'Neal at First San Francisco Partners
December 19, 2017

Data Governance Best Practices: 5 Pitfalls to Avoid

By Kelle O'Neal

Are you at the early stages of planning a Data Governance initiative at your company? Did you start implementing a governance program, only to see progress stall? If your Data Governance journey is not quite what you expected it to be, you can get back on track by following time-tested best practices — and sidestepping common pitfalls. These are the…

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Information Management vs. Data Management at FSFP
November 22, 2017

What’s the Difference Between Information Management and Data Management?

By Kelle O'Neal

In our buzzword-heavy industry, there can be confusion about the meaning of words and phrases. Take Data Management and Information Management, for example. Is there a difference between the two? After all, data is information — right? Well, yes and no. What is Data? Tech Target defines data as “information that has been translated into a form that is efficient…

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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 Kelle O'Neal

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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FSFP's 10-Year Anniversary
April 26, 2017

Celebrating First San Francisco Partners’ First 10 Years

By Kelle O'Neal

Ten years ago this month, First San Francisco Partners (FSFP) came into being, opening our information management consulting services’ doors. The FSFP team and I are celebrating this milestone and, as they say, taking a walk down memory lane. In many ways, it seems like ages ago vs. a decade ago — but in other ways, it feels like only…

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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

In previous CIO.com articles, we talked about three of the five capabilities needed to turn data into insight. The fourth key capability is to have “data-centric processes.” What we mean by this is twofold: 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.

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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 some curiosity.

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The FYI on PII, Personally Identifiable Information from FSFP
August 30, 2016

The FYI on PII, Personally Identifiable Information

By Kelle O'Neal

Data management professionals create policies and standards for governing data, including personally identifiable information (PII). While it’s easy to think we own this data, we are just its stewards. It’s ultimately owned by our customers, and we should make decisions from the eye of the customer — not from ours.

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Data governance training with DATAVERSITY and Kelle O'Neal
July 26, 2016

New Data Governance Training Available at DATAVERSITY

By Kelle O'Neal

We recently partnered with DATAVERSITY to create a new data governance training course. I’m excited to share its availability in the DATAVERSITY Training Center. The self-paced course includes seven modules, each with a 35 to 55-minute video followed by a 15 to 17-question exam.

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