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This is a crucial part of data strategy: Data Should Be a Business Issue, Not a Technical Issue

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Mario Faria, Big Data Technology Advisor at Technology Partner Network, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and part of the MIT Data Science Initiative, discussed the role of the Chief Data Office in enterprise, as well as that of the team they manage, with theCUBE co-hosts Dave Vellante and Jeff Kelly, live at the MIT CDOIQ Symposium.

Where’s the CDO fit in?  Asked where should the CDO sit in the organizational structure, Faria said that in his case, as data was very important to the company, he was reporting directly to the CEO, the CIO being his peer. In other organizations, CDOs report to COOs or to Marketing.”I don’t think it’s a good idea to report to the CIO. Data should be a business issue, not a technical issue.”

Commenting on the concept of data quality, Faria said: “We have a saying, ‘ garbage in, garbage out.’” Quality should be ensured at every step of the data process, “otherwise you’ll hurt yourself down the line. It should evolve as part of data science, how you can look at raw data to create value for your business,” he explained.  

The role of granularity in data quality  Granularity plays a large role in data quality, he said, detailing his experience with Boa Vista. “We have to have quality down to every detail, we had to be really, really careful. when we applied data quality methodologies, we had to be even more paranoid,” given the particularities of a financial business, Faria explained.

Asked what piece of advice he’d share with CDOs to help them succeed, Faria said that “not every data person will be a CDO down the road.” There are a lot of skills needed to succeed, and know-how pertaining to communications, data, mathematics, statistic, while also being good with people, and tech savvy.

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