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Thiag Loganathan

Co-founder & CEO at Cardinality-ai

Improving a Billion lives, Social Impact at Scale

Co-founder, leader, and strategic advisor to a variety of organizations, including consumer marketing AI SaaS application development, agriculture technology (AgTech), Artificial Intelligence (AI) and decision support solutions to support more effective decisions by business and government leaders, applications to use data and technology for improved social impact and economic benefit.  Experienced consultant, speaker, technologist, and data management professional.

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

My data management career happened by chance when my boss joined BusinessObjects in 2005, and I ended up following him. The 2-year consulting stint at BusinessObjects helped me understand the opportunity in making relevant data available to users to improve outcomes, that is when, I decided to specialize in data management, and make it a foundation for my career.

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

I have been able to bring everything I’ve learned about data, targeting, and personalization over 15+ years in technology and co-founded Cardinality with a goal to help the government use data & AI for driving better outcomes for citizens. Cardinality solutions are being used by multiple agencies in the states of Indiana and Maryland to positively impact the lives of 10 million+ Americans today and will grow.

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

  • Finding the right mix of people, process, and technology to deliver data driven outcomes for organizations at scale.
  • Ensuring that the risk, consent, privacy, and security aspects of data management are understood and addressed

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

I see the role of CDO changing more into a Chief Insights Office as data is just the oil which needs to be refined to provide actionable insights into the hands of various stakeholders (customers, business leaders, policy makers etc.) to make informed and better decisions.

Do you have any planned next steps for your career?

Grow and scale Cardinality-AI solutions to make the government more effective and efficient by using data and technology. Specifically, improve outcomes using embedded AI and reduce implementation times by building out ready-built solutions for programs/use cases. 

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?

Data is more of a business function and technology function, structure it for ease-of-use vs ease of storage. Knowing this was important in prioritizing work streams and delivering incremental business value.

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

I’m working on a “path to success” model – personalized care and support to help everyone be the best version of themselves. There are multiple dimensions to understanding and segmenting people. Based on personality traits, demographic attributes, life goals, and opportunities, the path to success can be accelerated. I’ve written a few articles about this in my Human Unicorn series and working on embedding this model into our workforce development solution.

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