Big data and data science have great potential for accelerating business, but how do you reconcile the business opportunity with the sea of possible technical solutions? Fundamentally, data should serve the strategic imperatives of a business—those key strategic aspirations that define the future vision for an organization. A data strategy should guide your organization in two key areas—what actions your business should take to get started with data and where to start to realize the most value.
Edd Wilder-James and Scott Kurth explain how to create a modern data strategy to power data-driven business.
Edd Wilder-James is a technology analyst, writer, and entrepreneur based in California. He’s helping transform businesses with data as VP of strategy for Silicon Valley Data Science. Formerly Edd Dumbill, Edd was the founding program chair for the O’Reilly Strata conferences and chaired the Open Source Convention for six years. He was also the founding editor of the peer-reviewed journal Big Data. A startup veteran, Edd was the founder and creator of the Expectnation conference-management system and a cofounder of the Pharmalicensing.com online intellectual-property exchange. An advocate and contributor to open source software, Edd has contributed to various projects such as Debian and GNOME and created the DOAP vocabulary for describing software projects. Edd has written four books, including O’Reilly’s Learning Rails.
Scott Kurth is the vice president of advisory services at Silicon Valley Data Science, where he helps clients define and execute the strategies and data architectures that enable differentiated business growth. Building on 20 years of experience making emerging technologies relevant to enterprises, he has advised clients on the impact of technological change, typically working with CIOs, CTOs, and heads of business. Scott has helped clients drive global technology strategy, conduct prioritization of technology investments, shape alliance strategy based on technology, and build solutions for their businesses. Previously, Scott was director of the Data Insights R&D practice within the Accenture Technology Labs, where he led a team focused on employing emerging technologies to discover the insight contained in data and effectively bring that insight to bear on business processes to enable new and better outcomes and even entire new business models, and led the creation of Accenture’s annual analysis of emerging technology trends impacting the future of IT, Technology Vision, where he was responsible for tracking emerging technologies, analyzing their transformational potential, and using it to influence technology strategy for both Accenture and its clients.
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