Are you a data hoarder?

How much data is enough data? This is a discussion often had within organisations where there are two broad groups:

  • Gather only the data you know that you need – the minimalists
  • Gather all the data you possibly can – the maximalists

There is arguably a third group – the employees who are involved in a process who would prefer to get by without providing any data at all, if possible, since completing call logs, feedback forms etc. is time consuming.

So what is the correct position? (more…)

The Big Easter Data Hunt

As a child, the arrival of the Easter holidays was always an exciting time for me. The Easter Egg hunts were particularly exciting. Before the hunt I usually had an idea of where the eggs could be hiding but was never 100% sure until I started looking for them and quickly realised it wasn’t going to be as straightforward as I initially thought!

This leads perfectly onto the fact that most organisations think they know exactly where their data is stored and quite often think that they can retrieve it as and when required, however it can be a very different story once they start searching for it. (more…)

Launch of virtual Chief Data Officer service

We are pleased to announce the launch of our virtual Chief Data Officer service as another way to help clients improve how they manage and exploit their data.

The service is targeted at organisations who may be reliant on effective data exploitation and data management, but may not be large enough to be able to appoint a dedicated Chief Data Officer (CDO).

Having support from a virtual CDO allows organisations to quickly and flexibly start to gain control of their data assets, to be able to understand where inefficiencies may exist and increase levels of compliance. This is particularly important for regulated organisations or those who process Personally Identifiable Information (PII) and will fall under the remit of the GDPR regulations.

For more information, download the related flyer or contact us to discuss your requirements.


We’re hiring – Looking for data evangelists

We always keeps our eyes and ears open for those people who understand how powerful data can be for organisations, when managed properly, and who do not get swayed by ‘sexy’ software when the input data cannot be relied upon.

Are you:

  • Passionate about data and how it can improve the performance of organisations?
  • Irritated by the lack of structure and consistency in approaches to data quality management?
  • Frustrated by the tolerance/acceptance of poor data?
  • Interested in the human and organisational aspects of data?
  • Concerned about the protection and management of personal and sensitive data?
  • A data management consultant or interested in becoming one?
  • Able to based in London or the Midlands of the UK with some opportunities for travel?
  • Perhaps someone who has experience of data management in transport/ utilities/ infrastructure or awareness of BIM?
  • Looking for a challenging and rewarding consultancy role?

If so, then why not get in contact ( so we can explore our shared passion for data in more detail?


DPA supports CRA in their new GDPR accelerator service

DPA are pleased to announce that we are supporting CRA in the delivery of a ‘GDPR accelerator service’ – see here for more details. DPA will be providing support in data discovery, data quality analysis and data profiling in order to support clients understand their information architecture from a GDPR perspective.

CRA are one of Europe’s largest and most influential risk analysis consultancies, with a significant experience in safety critical infrastructure organisations, hence the good alignment with DPA.