Where are you now?
We help get to actionable insights on your data challenges with tools like Data Quality assessments, Data Systems inventories and Data Management assessments
Where should you be?
Starting with your organizational goals we partner with you to identify critical business objectives, analytics, and data to design a strategy that achieves those goals
How do you get there?
We design and implement your data pipeline as well as assist you with all external vendor management from RFP creation to vendor selection to project management.
Data Science, Big data, Predictive Analytics. No matter the term organizations pour millions of dollars into trying to be more data driven but often end up with very little to show.
Good intentions all around and yet data projects seem to always struggle across the finish line. We wrestled with the same thing, both as vendors and clients.
Then the moment of clarity. And with all such realizations, it's obvious in hindsight. Poor ROI for data projects is born of the mismatch between the messiness of data science in the real world and the quixotic focus on perfection in our goals for it.
But there's a better way.
the degree to which something is successful in producing the intended or desired result
Taking a step back, we know that all projects have to compromise due to unknowns that crop up after boots hit the ground. Unfortunately too often that ends up being forced and rushed in a desperate attempt to salvage yet another sinking ship. Instead of focusing on a perfect solution, we have as our goal an effective solution.
Effectiveness means making these compromises consciously and deliberately, building them in from the start. We take a pragmatic, realistic, and scalable approach that helps you gain immediate value from your data while building the pathway to better data effectiveness in the future.
The majority of business data being generated by people, your data culture is as critical to your data pipeline as the actual data entry/capture mechanism.
Skilled, engaged personnel need to be doing tasks that make sense. An effective approach looks at the how of your data, not just the what.
Effective technology is not necessarily the latest and greatest. You need to take into consideration your budget, capacity, and data sophistication.
We meet you where you are today to get you to where you need to be tomorrow.
After many years of experience in diverse areas of IT and management consulting, I finally decided to go out on my own. Not least as an example to my kids.
My most recent full time gig was as the Deputy Chief for Data Systems at DC Public Schools for nearly six years. As the most senior technical resources, I played the role of Chief Data Officer and CIO.
While there I led the replacement of the core Student Information System, the mission critical backbone for all data and reporting at any school district, acting as the project sponsor and technical architect. This project took three years and over twelve million dollars (on time and under budget) and was one of the most successful implementations in DC government history.
Before that I spent over a decade in management and IT consulting helping companies, non-profits and government agencies with everything from project management to process improvement to hands-on coding and analysis.