May 14th, 2020
In a recent webinar, Customer-Centric DataOps for Trusted Golden Records at Bremer Bank, Leilani Moll, Bremer’s VP of Analytics and Data Services talked about their customer-centric approach to DataOps. She explained, “When you think about banking, you imagine a lot of money flowing. It’s actually data that’s flowing, not money. But the tight governance and control you imagine a bank putting around the money, is the same you need for the flow of data.” Moll described this as having an air traffic controller mindset.
Air traffic controllers need to know about all the planes that are arriving and departing and flying nearby their airport. Think of this as your data workflows or overall data operations. They also need to know about airports, which you can think of as your data sources. However, air traffic controllers do not know much about the passengers and crew on the planes. Organizations with a customer-centric focus need to know which passengers (customer records) and coming from which airports (data sources). And more importantly, in-depth knowledge of the variations and nuances of the airports is critical. Personally, I avoid flying through ORD in the winter, DFW in the summer, and JFK always, due to their inefficiencies and unreliable on-time flights. Every airport, like every 3rd party data source is not alike and has unique challenges for optimizing your data flow. Much like air traffic controllers, IT teams need the agility to handle and communicate with each airport. To do this, Moll recommends following the classic steps. “Start with the business objective and at the end, operationalize the model.”
3 Don’ts for Agile Air Traffic Control
Moll shared her tips on staying agile throughout the data operations optimization process.