Slowly getting back into the writing game

It’s been two months since I’ve last written. Considering my new years resolution to write more, you can imagine that I’m disappointed with that. It’s tricky. The unhealthy busy-ness sneaks into your life before you know it. Guess that’s why it’s called business, eh?

I’ve been swimming — sometimes borderline drowning — in project delivery the last two months. A total of 8 projects to be exact. Of which 3 deserve full-time dedication. For a while there, I only had 1 team member to help support it all. …


Big data may be a trend, but more isn’t necessarily better

“Less is more,” claim the British. “In der Beschränkung zeigt sich der Meister,” the Germans say.

When it comes to the usefulness of data, we should keep these sayings in mind. These could be vital to succeed — or even survive — in the unfolding data-driven economy.

Making effective use of data is a struggle for many organisations. Over the years, IT structures have evolved into a complex collection of systems. Which barely support processes. Let alone satisfy informational demand. …


Recently I keep getting confronted “the hard way” that there aren’t many people who get as energised from data management as I do

A bit of background

Yesterday I gave a demo of our software to a group of employees. The goal was to motivate them to join the proof of value that’s starting soon. In the coming weeks, we’re going to index a set of mailboxes and report on the presence of personal data. We haven’t kicked off yet, but I was asked by my contact to give a product demo to a group of employees.

I had two goals, as agreed upon…


A story of how we don’t keep the same standards in the digital world as we do in the physical world

When I was walking through the streets of Maastricht with my father last weekend, he noted how name plates have disappeared from houses. Back in the day, most people had their names on the door. It must have really bothered him, as this was the second time he mentioned it. During our walk through the city two weeks earlier, he had said the same thing. Why do you think that is?” I asked. “Privacy concerns, I think” he responded. This got me thinking. If it is about privacy concerns, that’s a rather interesting paradox.

Why are name plates disappearing?

Name plates do still appear sometimes…


Highlighting 3 things you could start doing today to make data governance tangible

Data governance is a loaded topic. Most people want to stay away from it. Junior data management consultants aren’t excited when they hear that they’ve been staffed on a data governance project. To the point that they really try to avoid them all together. This doesn’t just apply to junior consultants, it is a market wide trend that reaches all the way up to executives. Many articles have been written about how DataOps is the new data governance and that a data governance 2.0 is needed. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with data governance, but that the implementation should…


Let’s start talking about business issues instead of data quality issues

Data quality may be a term coined and celebrated by us data management fanatics, but it is a business matter. At the end of the day, an organisation’s hard working employees gain the most from data quality improvement initiatives. I think that cannot be stressed enough. In this blog, I’d like to highlight the steps to in approaching data quality from a business perspective.

1. Identify your business bottlenecks

Take a look at the bottlenecks within your business processes. Listen to those hard working employees, hear them out. What are their frustrations? What are the issues they have to deal with? Break it down. For…


In this digital age, you need the right data to stay ahead of the curve

In essence, the answer to that question is pretty simple. If you want to achieve success, you need to define your vision, your mission, your goal. An organisation, just like an individual, should know what it stands for. What it wants to achieve. I think there are 4 important elements to consider when creating a data strategy, which I would like to highlight in this blog.

1. Know what your organisation stands for

A data strategy isn’t much more than a business strategy — except for the fact that it explicitly highlights how you will leverage data, information and IT…


A personal story about being considered ‘too kind’ to work in sales

I posted this statement to LinkedIn yesterday. Sometimes I feel like I need to just throw some thoughts out there. Usually I use Twitter for that, this time I gave LinkedIn a shot. Just because I was curious if there would be any reactions. There were a few, and surprise, surprise, most of them were from women.

Recently I’ve been working on embracing who I truly am. And I’ve been exploring the concept of female strength. I’ve always been a feminist (I was named after Simone de Beauvoir)…

Simone Jeurissen

Head of data management consultancy at INDICA NL (she/her)

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