Last night was the 2018 Data Leaders Awards and I had the pleasure of celebrating with two long-standing customers, Adi Clowes from Center Parcs and Tesco’s Michael Greene. Having nominated them both, we were delighted to see them named as finalists amongst the very best in the industry.
The Data Leaders Awards is the UK’s premier initiative for celebrating data leadership and excellence among the sector’s highest achievers. Organised by Information Age magazine, the list is updated annually to recognise the top individuals and companies driving data innovation and business value.
It will come as no surprise to most that today the GDPR comes into force and organisations in the UK must now officially comply with the articles set out by the EU. Whilst it’s been a much-debated topic, we for one are delighted.
At Experian, we firmly believe the GDPR presents a positive chance to transform the way you organise and process your data. Our Chief Risk Officer, Julia Cattanach, recently summed it up nicely as an “opportunity to further strengthen data security and transparency, enabling us to maximise the potential of the data we rely on to deliver the best possible outcomes for customers, businesses and the wider society.”
There’s no escaping the fact that data is universal; enabling our choices, fuelling our economy, informing decisions and shaping our ideas. It’s influence, driven and shaped by the digitalisation of our culture, is only set to expand as we enter the next decade. As the world becomes ever more connected, the sheer volume of available data will continue to grow at a substantial rate. So too will the range and variety of that data.
I was recently lucky enough to present to a group of Pharmaceutical organisations at an industry event in Södertälje, Sweden. They were concerned about the arrival of the GDPR and what it could mean for the data held within their supply chains – which are complex to say the least!
I thought it would be worth summarising my discussion with this group as the issues facing the pharma industry will be similar for any organisation that has a complex supply chain of ingredients, parts or products – for example, manufacturing and retail.
With GDPR enforcement imminent, it’s a pivotal moment to observe how well geared up UK organisations are, as well as the changing perceptions of consumers around use of their data.
So, once again, we’ve teamed up with DataIQ to carry out the third instalment of this GDPR Impact Series research. Hot off the press, we were delighted to launch the report at a co-hosted DataIQ event last week where the guest panel, including our own Paul Malyon, got to grips with key priorities and tips for getting ready. You can read more about the discussion in DataIQ’s round up here.
If you want to tackle data quality issues, the very best place to start is by understanding where you are right now. That’s why we’ve just launched a new interactive data quality maturity assessment. It’s a great starting point for getting a benchmark of your data quality sophistication across the three core building blocks of a successful data improvement initiative; people, process, and technology. Taking the test will place you in one of 4 categories, ‘unaware’, ‘reactive’, ‘proactive’ or ‘optimised and governed’ and offer steps to take to make future improvements. It could offer invaluable advice to kick-start your data quality initiative.