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Is there a need for Big Data Governance?

27th Jan `14, 03:52 PM in Analytics

Business intelligence industry veteran Richard Neale will be presenting a session entitled Are You Ready For Big Data…

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Business intelligence industry veteran Richard Neale will be presenting a session entitled Are You Ready For Big Data Governance? at the UK SAP Innovation Forum on 11 March 2014 in London. I took the opportunity to catch up with him and ask some questions on the trends he sees in data governance in the new “Big Data” world.

First, what’s your background?

I have worked in the BI and EIM world for about 22 years. There’s lots of talk these days about the role of data scientists – I actually started off my career as a scientist using data. Before I joined the IT industry, I created and ran models of the effects of acid rain on rivers and lakes. It’s not unlike business simulations – you model the processes using real-world, historical data and then do “what if” analysis and try to predict the future.

I was attracted by the bright lights of the IT industry, and worked for SAS for a while, then joined Business Objects in 1999 to run product marketing in the UK. I had many different marketing roles over the years, worked in European marketing after the acquisition by SAP, and finished off as head of business development in the UK.

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