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  • Data lake management, governance a hands-on job for big data teams

    Deploying big data systems is just the first step for IT and data management teams. The next big challenge is setting up systems and processes for governing data lakes. Continue Reading

  • Customer data mining needs a governance plan to propel sales

    The difference between traditional data governance and rules surrounding the mining of customer data is an extra layer to prevent the 'stalker effect' that turns away business. Continue Reading

  • Data governance programs loom larger than ever in the big data era

    Big data, when managed properly, can be a blessing to businesses fighting to gain greater insights and a competitive edge in the global marketplace. And it can be a curse to companies unprepared to handle the untold x-bytes of unstructured data unceasingly pouring into their coffers. That's the dilemma most organizations wake up to each day, and as a result, they capture only a fraction of the value that big data analytics promises. At no time is there greater urgency for companies to establish data handling policies and procedures that only good data governance programs can provide.

    June's Business Information opens with a stern warning in our editor's note: Don't wait till it's too late to initiate a data governance program. Big data governance can be a highly complex process. Its tentacles reach into most aspects of data management, from data gathering, integration and preparation to quality control. Even more difficult is securing the cooperation of a potentially reluctant and resistant workforce intimidated by thoughts of a data police force regulating and scrutinizing their work. For those reasons, most companies have taken the path of least resistance and avoided setting up formal and reliable data governance programs -- much to their own peril.

    Our cover story then stresses the importance of establishing data governance policies dedicated to placing customers first. The lack of such rules has led to customer privacy violations, millions of lost dollars in legal settlements and famous brands nearly destroyed. Data governance provides the necessary checks and balances that help companies adhere to responsible behavior when they probe into the minds and habits of their customers. In our feature, we examine companies that have taken on the challenge of governing their vast data lakes by piecing together various governance tools and mechanisms in do-it-yourself fashion. And we devote numerous more features and columns to help companies apply data governance principles in ways that can bring order to chaotic big data environments.

    Also in this issue, see how a small wine shop uses ready-made big data analytics to outsmart much larger stores as they all compete in the same neighborhood for the same customers.

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  • IoT technologies hit their awkward tween years

    The internet of things may reduce costs and create new experiences for consumers, but it still needs to mature to produce consistent value for companies. Continue Reading

  • Data protection and security incident response when all information is a target

    Data breaches have become increasingly commonplace for businesses, and every company that has an online presence is a potential target for hackers: High-profile hacks of Target Corp. and Anthem Inc., to name a few, show how valuable personal data has become to nefarious parties. In addition to customer data, companies must make sure sensitive company information such as trade secrets and intellectual property are protected as well. To face these constantly evolving data security threats, businesses have been forced to completely revamp their approach to information protection and embed security into data governance and business processes. In this handbook, learn about the pressing information security vulnerabilities facing modern companies and advice to implement governance strategies that keep your data secure. Continue Reading

  • What CIOs need to know before delving into enterprise IoT projects

    The Monsanto Company, the world's largest seed company, has turned to the Internet of Things to solve one of the food industry's biggest problems: how to feed an extra 2.3 billion people around the world by 2050. The agrochemical company isn't alone in looking at IoT to solve big problems. CIOs from across industries are researching the technology and vendors that can help them turn an acronym into a business solution. But as our CIO Decisions cover story and main feature this month make clear, IoT initiatives won't happen without close collaboration with business colleagues and operations. Read about the IoT challenges CIOs need to understand before they get started on an enterprise IoT project.

    Also in this issue, we look at how free app Duolingo teaches users foreign languages through crowdsourcing; investigate how one CIO's team made the "big switch" from technology supplier to IT service provider; ask an expert about the technologies behind digital transformation; and flag five big mistakes that put CIO careers at risk. Continue Reading

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