Kevin Harrison is working as Chief Data Officer and Deputy Chief Information Officer for the City of Oakland in California. Prior to this he worked as the first ever Chief Data Officer for the State of Illinois. During that time he designed the blueprint for the State Data Practice. Operating under the new Department of Innovation and Technology agency, he implemented an enterprise approach to Business Intelligence and Data Analytics, covering all 60 State Agencies to create a collaborative and sharing environment across the state. Having worked with multiple organisations, Kevin has been able to handle different types of challenges in our industry. In today’s episode, Kevin shares the strategies he applied to move from smaller projects to bigger ones. How he has been able to help organisations increase their market share and improve operations. Kevin also shares why he thinks changing the perception of organisations about data and educating them about tools in the space is so important. He further talks about data governance and possible changes in role of the data scientist role in future.
We speak about:
01:55 Professional background of Kevin
06:30 Why data is important?
07:20 Evolution of Data warehousing
10:00 How organizations are utilizing the data?
11:39 As data officer, how to help organizations to improve their data capabilities?
13:00 Building trust is crucial for project success
13:30 Transition from small to bigger project
16:12 Challenges faced as data consultant
19:00 Educating about the change coming to data science
21:00 Process of data strategy for organizations
23:50 Why so many data warehousing failed?
26:00 Importance of data governance
27:10 Biggest problem in data governance
31:56 Role of data storage
35:15 Challenges faced from moving to another industry/sector
38:42 Qualities data scientist should have
41:43 Future of data science
42:30 Advice to the listeners
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Kevin Harrison is based in Concord, California, USA.
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