Data Vault Ensemble Modeling

Data catalogs may be the new black, but metadata is not cabbage

Dr. Jonathan Gray, Catapult BI

The rise of big data, and the soaring growth in information holdings, is out-stripping the ability of many organisations to manage this information.  Self-service analytics has the potential to streamline processes and boost analytics capability in many businesses, but you can’t do analytics on data you can’t find.  Gartner have reported that 80% of Data Lake projects do not make it into production.  Improved metadata management practice and the deployment of an enterprise data catalog are now recognised as the key improvements needed to leverage value from big data and analytics investments.  However, simply purchasing metadata tools is not sufficient, a carefully thought-out business approach and deployment methodology is required in order to successfully improve organisational metadata practice.

Dr Gray has extensive experience in the fields of data modelling and metadata management extending over a period of more than 30 years.  Recently, he has worked with several clients in government agencies, assisting them on their data catalog and metadata improvement journey.  In this presentation, Dr Gray describes an approach to the metadata improvement journey that has been instantiated with these clients.  The traps, pitfalls, and obstacles to be avoided, as well as the tips to success are discussed.  Lessons learned from these journeys will be shared with the conference audience.

Dr Jon Gray has 30 years of computing experience in industry and academia both in Australia and the UK.  Jon’s research interests have encompassed parallel and distributed systems design, database technologies, information modelling, software engineering methods and tools, organisational capability development, and business process improvement.  From 2006-2013, Jon led a research initiative for National ICT Australia Limited (NICTA) in Canberra focused on software methods and tools for the improvement of business processes in government.  From 2013-2017, Jon ran Performance Assurance, a spin-out company from NICTA, specialising in predictive modeling and risk management.  Jon is currently working as CEO & Chief Data Scientist for Catapult BI, a Dialog Group company.

Jon has led numerous consulting engagements with most Australian Government Departments including Defence (CDG, CIOG, RPDE, DSTO), Australian Taxation Office, Human Services, Immigration, as well as NSW and QLD Governments, and large corporations such as Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Telstra, Optus, and NBN Co.  These consulting engagements encompass a range of strategic services to C-level executives around ICT Governance, Risk Management, Information Management, Program Management, and ICT Procurement.  Jon has extensive experience in planning, designing, and evaluating Business Transformation initiatives including: enterprise architecture and SOA, ISR information systems integration, cloud migration, data centre consolidation, application portfolio rationalisation, legacy infrastructure retirement, and mainframe migration.

Jon has published widely in many fields of software engineering, information systems, and computer science, and he is a frequent speaker at Australian and International conferences.