isCDO Webinars:  How CDOs Succeed
(archived here from most recent to oldest)

Exposing Engineering Data As A Strategic Asset
to be presented on 29 October 2020 17:00 UTC (2:pm NYC)
by Donna Cotton/Chief Data Officer | US Air Force SEEK EAGLE Office (AFSEO)

The Air Force SEEK EAGLE Office (AFSEO) has developed a new data lake architecture and applications that combine historical data, machine learning, and modern big data technology to accelerate complicated engineering analyses.  Before a new store (weapon, fuel tank, etc.)  is mounted on an aircraft, AFSEO is responsible for setting safe limits for flight for that store and determining the unsafe ways in which different stores can interact.  Doing so requires complicated engineering analyses and tests (flight, wind tunnel, etc.) led by PhD level engineers.  As AFSEO surpasses 50+ years of accumulated data, the promise of finding, using, and synthesizing previously approved analyses rather than building a new analysis from scratch is too large to ignore.  The data lake addresses this problem in two ways.  First, a custom data catalog has been built that tags all files with relevant metadata and then makes them searchable and filterable through a web-based UI.  This is enabled by a Dell EMC multiprotocol Isilon storage solution that simultaneously serves files to all operating systems based on users’ roles through SMB/NFS protocols and to the Cloudera based data lake as HDFS.  The custom data catalog UI is hosted and served directly by Solr, offering a number of advantages.  Second, a custom application built on Tamr machine learning searches historical documents for relevant antecedents, and in some cases, can create a "by analogy" certification without human intervention.  Both efforts help engineers certify new stores and capabilities with the agility required to support the modern-day US Air Force.

Your Burning Platform has Disintegrated:
Data & the Aviation Crisis

to be presented on 24 September 2020 5:pm UTC (12:noon NYC)
by Althea Davis/Chief Data Officer


Althea has a heart for adventure! She traded in her comfortable home; The Netherlands after 30 years to live and work in the United Arab Emirates; the innovative hub of the Middle East also known as a leading GCC Countries.  As a 5 time Chief Data Officer, she is no stranger to adversity and turbulence in the corporate arena yet there was another " level of dante's hell" to address when she arrived in Abu Dhabi, just two months before the Covid Pandemic in a new sector; Aviation. 


Althea knows like no other the game to get attention for data and the effort to solicit attention from business leadership and management to take professional action. The business pre-Covid didn't not see or wanted to ignore the burning platform available to them to step up the data game. The Covid pandemic is the mother of invention and a whole new level of Dante's hell, Althea, because organizations are confronted with data sins of the past and the stakes get higher while you are drowning.  


Her insights and stories about data in high turbulence calls on applied wisdom for adoptive data strategies, for management  of shrinking skeleton teams, for cultivation of data community of practices, for holding the attention of a distracted business customer and viding for attention of line management on data monetization. 


She also shares her reflection of the position of data after Covid in the UAE; the only country with a Ministry of AI reflecting the government's commitment to innovative Vision 2021 and 2030 plans which beg for an abundance of data and an even higher level of data finesse and leadership.  She'll give us a final wrap up reflecting on the good, the bad and the ugly of the new data challenges and opportunities in this fascinating country.  

CDO Startup Plan - Collaboration Of Best Practices
to be presented on 13 August 2020 7:pm UTC (2:pm NYC)
by Robert Abate, Todd Harbour, Michael Servaes


The purpose of this presentation is to review the shared document to create a best-practice process by which CDO’s, who first enter an organization (in their first 90 days in the position), can have a guide which contains a blueprint of concerns, deliverables and considerations. It is intended to aide individuals in fulfilling the role of the CDO position – which it in itself a conundrum in that CDO’s can have vastly different organizational roles and responsibilities. In this presentation, attendee’s will review the initial draft of best practices being developed to aide CDO’s during their first 90 days into an organization.  Its purpose is to enable and empower CDO’s with the primary requirements of the position and establish a cadence with business decision makers.

This presentation and draft template should provide for a number of benefits and this discussion will include the following topics: 

–  First 30 Days Best Practices

–  First 60 Days Best Practices

–  First 90 Days Best Practices

–  Open Discussion

Attendees Will Learn:

–  Challenges and considerations of a starting CDO

–  How to utilize key concepts learned over 10 years by CDO’s

–  What does the future hold in store?

Interpersonal Do and Don't may be the most important part of your job!
to be presented on 16 July 2020 (UTC-5)
by Ed Kelly CDO Texas

Repeated measurements place the impact of people and process aspects of data management programs in the 90-95% range.  Technology was seen by survey respondents as only 10%.  What are the people/process aspects of day to day CDO life and why are they so important?  Ed will relate several lessons that have worked for him over the nearly five years as he has matured a large decentralized organization.  A series of project details will illustrate:


  • How understanding your customer and their priorities ultimately drives your success

  • The "golden rule" and why that helps establish and maintain your program's respect

  • Patience and persistence, two important factors to consider adopting

  • Incremental improvements and creating value, "if you build it they will come"! 

How CDOs Succeed: Accelerating Migrations with Metadata Automation & Analytics
to be presented on 11 June 2020 (UTC-5)
by Teemu Mattelmäki (Orion) and Peter Aiken (VCU)

Data silos are technical bottlenecks that cost money and derail business. To produce corporate value from their data, organizations must replace their technical architectures to migrate data to new and more efficient systems. Migrating data is not a trivial matter, however. Migrations require a plan based on a solid understanding of the legacy systems. But some systems are very old and not well documented, especially the system dependencies. Consequently, developing a migration plan is slow and hard work. Frustrated and pressured by corporate demands, people often take shortcuts in the migration plans. Those detours create inaccurate, non-auditable, non-repeatable, and outdated outcomes when they are finished.

This webinar will answer these important questions:

•    How do you create, document, maintain an accurate and auditable
      data architecture that’s ready to migrate data?

•    How do you plan and manage data migration risk, cost, and time?

•    How do you manage changes across several data migrations?

How CDOs Succeed: COVID19 Data and the CDO (Panel)
presented on 21 May 2020 (UTC-3) and featuring:
Maria C Villar (SAP), 

Cortnie Abercrombie (AITruth),
Michael Servaes (isCDO)

Moderated by Peter Aiken 

As nations, states and businesses of all sizes look to use data and analytics in developing and improving their response to COVID 19 the isCDO looks at the role of data leaders in leading the use of data to design and improve how we can safely get out of lockdown and back to work.  We will examine the benefits to be gained from the use of data and the possible problems that might limit the effectiveness of the use or which might impinge upon the privacy and freedoms of individuals.


Contact tracing in its various forms has variously been put forward variously as the risk-free route to a post COVID19 world on one extreme, on the other extreme as a back door to a dystopian surveillance state and all permutations in between.  Its application at national, state/province or local government level and even by businesses raises a number of questions on the ethics of what is being done and highlights a number of privacy issues.  The panel will examine if and why the ethical and privacy questions may or can be ignored and what the implications could be for individual privacy and freedom in the future.  


It is for Data Leaders in their many guises to have the lead role in advising organisations at every level how they can use data, what the implications might be and how best to avoid the potential pitfalls.  Getting it right will mean organisations being able to negotiate their way around the lockdown measures as they are relaxed, getting it wrong could mean fines or even prison on top of a disgruntled population/workforce who will not cooperate and all that may imply. 

How CDOs Succeed: Safely Leverage Your Sensitive Data
presented on 25 June 2020 (11:am ET)
by Luk Arbuckle (Privacy Analytics) and Anne Kimbol (HITRUST)

Modern companies have troves of sensitive data within their organization that can be used for both internal and external purposes – things like data sharing, driving AI or other analytics, product differentiation and innovation. In order to leverage this data, while protecting the privacy of the people it represents, companies like yours need to learn how to anonymize data safely, effectively, and at scale. In this webinar, you’ll learn how to use our framework – The 5 Safes of Risk-Based Anonymization – to achieve a balance between legally defensible privacy protection and fully maximized data utilization.

How CDOs Succeed: Artificial Intelligence (AI): On Delivering Real-World Business Value
presented 23 April 2020 
by Dr. Aleksandar Velkoski  Director of Data Science at the National Association of Realtors

AI plays an important role in modern organization strategy. However, AI adoption, along with the business value that its intended to create, continues to lag expectations. In this talk, Dr. Velkoski will share a case study that demonstrates how the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) narrowed barriers to AI adoption and delivered real-world business value through AI. More specifically, Aleksandar will highlight how NAR initiated cross-functional collaboration, transformed business opportunities into AI solutions and implemented AI solutions within the business to positively influence decision-making and, ultimately, enhance outcomes for the organization and its members.

How CDOs Succeed:: What a Chief Data Officer should know about Controlled Unclassified Information!
(presented 2019.11.25
Devon Casey, Implementation Lead, U.S. National Archives (NARA)

What a Chief Data Officer should know about Controlled Unclassified Information.  This will cover (very briefly) the history of protection of sensitive unclassified information in the executive branch and the need for reform. As well as an overview of the policy, requirements, and the philosophy behind them.  Next is a review of the standards for protecting and marking CUI as well as how these standards will be extended through contracts and agreements. The use of NIST SP-800-171 will be covered in depth as well as notes on implementation of NIST SP 800-171 and compliance oversight. 

For organizations that are creating this role or for new CDOs, this special webcast will review key reasons for the creation of office of the CDO and what support is required for the CDO Role. We will highlight internal and external roadblocks, potential failure points and how organizations can avoid these issues.   We look forward to reviewing how the CDO Role is addressing the many opportunities and responsibilities that arise for this position. 

How CDOs Succeed:: Why Major Organizations need a CDO!
(presented 2019.10.23 by Robert Lutton)

How CDOs Succeed:: Ethics of Good Intentions
(presented 2019.07.25 by Cortnie Abercromby)

ABSTRACT:  Data scientists are going down in history for new fields of work they are doing in AI. But many are not thinking about the impact this work has on people. As creators of AI systems we have a responsibility to understand that we are creators of systems that will be used in much broader ways than we can currently foresee. Its time to learn how to think critically and broadly about the applications of projects you take on, challenge yourself and everyone around you, and find the courage to speak up and push back when ethical boundaries get crossed. This session will focus on real life examples of data science and AI that have gone bad and what to do about it if you find yourself facing the same situations.

How CDOs Succeed
(presented 2019.06.25 by Peter Aiken)

ABSTRACT:  When the concept of IT leadership was introduced in the late 1970’s, the title CIO was often referenced as career is over. Ambiguity, imprecision and confusion surrounded the role and even today CIO tenure is closer to four years as opposed to similarly positioned CFOs whose tenure three times as long. 


Unfortunately, it appears that the CDO role is at similarly prone to confusion, imprecision, and ambiguity. In some sectors, a fair percentage of CDOs seem not to be successful – failing after their initial year. This webinar will provide a summary of the worldwide state of commercial and public CDOs. In keeping with the societal goals of:


- Education around data leadership and data

- Identifying and promoting successful data leadership

- Organizing our collective body of knowledge


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