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Dr. Jonathan Fowler

Data and Analytics Expert, Statistical Methods Leader, Expert in Machine Learning, Data Warehouse, Data Management, Data Strategy

Practitioner and scholar in big data analytics, data culture, and data strategy. Specifically interested in the relationship of data subculture archetypes (Collaborate/Compete/Create/Control) to analytics maturity in organizations. Creator of the LDIS+™ framework, which examines this phenomenon and gives companies the roadmap to harnessing it for business success.

Demonstrated history of working in a variety of environments. Skilled in big data, statistical methods, machine learning, database design, data warehousing, ETL, master data management, and data integration.

What attracted you to data management or IT, and why did you choose to pursue this career?

I have always been in IT some way or another since my teenage years. My undergraduate education was in the humanities, and these interests came together in the form of data science. I went from a developer/analyst to a researcher and practitioner in data strategy. My doctoral work cemented my professional focus in this area.

What has been your greatest career accomplishment so far, and why has it been important to your career?

Finishing the doctorate meant I finally had a degree in this field and made a meaningful contribution to the field. It has established me as one of the authorities in this space of data strategy.

What are the two or three biggest challenges you face as a data management professional / CDO and how can we address them?

Finding my place as a new contributor with new research in this space of data analytics consulting, honestly. I am all about the work itself, not marketing my work and myself.

How do you see data management / the role of the CDO / IT changing in the next 2 – 3 years?

CDOs are going to have to embrace the nuanced nature of data and how different components of their organizations see it contributing to their respective functions in the business. Data is not black-and-white truth all the time. Tactical empathy and appreciating plurality in organizations are two key elements to winning data culture. CDOs must focus on the cultural elements that underpin data literacy/governance/strategy as opposed to a myopic view of tech only.

Do you have any planned next steps for your career?

Building logical analytics and partnering with major solution providers to impact data strategy.

What is the single best piece of advice you have received in your data management / IT career so far?  Why has it been so important to you?

Just talk to people. I have been reaching out to a handful of people every day on LinkedIn in this space just to get their perspectives on my research, and it has led to some major breakthroughs.

Can you share something about yourself as a person that people wouldn’t know about you?

I’m 6’5” and did not play basketball.

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