Since 2011, when businesses across the globe coined the term ‘Big Data’, there has been a constant increase in the use and application of information for strategic gains.
The importance for businesses to manage and capture their data is increasing yearly. The role of CDO (or CIO) has become essential for organisations worldwide, in order to strategically and effectively manage and utilise the huge data footprints that are constantly created.
With awareness rising about the need for gender representation on boards and the shocking revelation that women and men can both like data and technology, there has never been a better time to highlight some of the top female CDO’s throughout Europe.
In celebration of the data industry’s continuing evolution and improving diversity, let’s find out how three industry-leading female CDOs have innovated their sector.
Lauren Sager Weinstein,Transport for London
Lauren has spearheaded the research and analysis of the large data sets that are automatically created during transport operations. These data sets range from the Oyster card, automatic vehicle location systems and train signalling systems.
This work began as a research project long before the term ‘Big Data’ rose to the top of the information technology agenda. This is reflected in Lauren’s 10-year career at Transport for London which has continually involved data and information technology.
Lauren’s groundbreaking work has enabled better targeting of service information to customers. She’s empowered the city’s vital transport network with:
- journey patterns analysis
- automatic refunds in the event of service disruption
- better planning of transport services through in depth analysis of daily usages
- support for businesses in London in understanding travel and shopping patterns.
Lauren’s boundary-pushing public transport services are helping London become one of the world’s best smart cities. At SelectPR we are excited to see what else she can bring to Transport for London. What’s next for Londoners?
Andrea Powell, CABI
CABI, the Centre for International Bioscience and Agriculture, helps to improve people’s lives worldwide. By harnessing rich sources of agricultural and environmental data, it helps to solve complex humanitarian issues such as threats facing crops throughout Asia and education in Africa.
Andrea has led CABI’s transition to become a near pure-play digital publishing business. Thanks to her, approximately 90% of their publishing revenue is now generated by digital products.
Andrea has unleashed the power and capabilities of over 100 years’ worth of growing and changing data that was locked away in silos. She has been able to make CABI one of the leading users of Big Data in the humanitarian field, proving that if businesses focus their data for positive change it can be achieved. Andrea is another CDO who has unlocked the potential behind big data, giving her business even more focus and accuracy when taking their next decisions.
Gillian Tomlinson, RSA
Gillian was named the Chief Data Officer of the Year 2017 by the IQPC, which firmly cements her as one of the leaders in a constantly changing and innovative industry.
Her remit includes areas such as:
- data governance and compliance
- data management and architecture
- business intelligence
- analytics and data innovation.
Gillian has been able to ensure the right data is within the right hands at the right time. Her constant presence at global big data events further emphasises her place as one of Europe’s stand-out Chief Data Officers.
These professional profiles not only show us the diversity of data in terms of industry but also the increasing female presence within the data and tech industry. This is confirmed by CIO Dive in their article which raises the profile of women working in Big Data. At SelectPR we are just as interested in the developments in big data as the developments in gender equality in the workplace! What do you think?