Strategy & Leadership

Transforming data into action: The business outlook for data governance

May 01, 2018


May 01, 2018

Michael Hoffmann


Michael was an editor for The Economist Intelligence Unit’s thought leadership division in the Americas. He was previously an equity research analyst covering cybersecurity, data networking, cloud computing and IT infrastructure. He has also worked on several grants from the National Institutes of Health to research topics including HIV/AIDS, non-communicable diseases and international human rights law. His work has been published in several peer-reviewed journals including AIDS Care, Global Public Health and the Journal of the International AIDS Society. He received his bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Brown University. He has worked in Latin America and is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese. 

New digital technologies such as artificial intelligence, big data and the Internet of Things are inspiring more business executives globally to acknowledge the potential strategic value of data. The challenge is converting raw data, in their ever-increasing quantity, into actionable insights and deploying them effectively in both internal and external business operations.

This report, developed by The Economist Intelligence Unit and sponsored by Collibra, draws on a survey of more than 500 business executives working in North America and Europe in the financial services, healthcare and life sciences, manufacturing, retail and consumer packaged goods, telecommunications and technology industries.

Additionally, we conducted in-depth interviews with corporate leaders and experts in data governance. We would like to thank the following for their insights and contribution to this research:

  • Jennifer Curtiss, vice president, head of enterprise data governance, American Express

  • Sanjay Saxena, senior vice president of enterprise data governance and strategy, Northern Trust

  • Abhi Seth, senior director of data science and analytics, Honeywell Aerospace

Joe Cahill was the author of the report; Michael Hoffmann was the editor.

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