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George Firican

Principal at LightsOnData Consulting & Training

Vancouver, Canada

Award winning Data Governance & Business Intelligence leader, practitioner, and public speaker

Available For: Influencing, Speaking
Travels From: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Speaking Topics: data governance, data, data quality

George FiricanPoints
Academic10
Author24
Influencer50
Speaker39
Entrepreneur210
Total333

Points based upon Thinkers360 patent-pending algorithm.

Thought Leader Profile

Portfolio Mix

Company Information

Company Type: Individual
Business Unit: Data

Areas of Expertise

Big Data 52.51
Digital Disruption 48.91
Digital Transformation 39.71
Management 31.21
Emerging Technology 31.61
Innovation 49.21
Business Strategy 32.79
Customer Experience
Analytics 35.75
Risk Management 30.42
Predictive Analytics 30.85
Social 38.61
Govtech
Data Center
Leadership 32.68
Privacy 30.14
AI
Design Thinking 30.11
Marketing 30.50
Culture 33.49
Sustainability 47.18

Industry Experience

Federal & Public Sector
Financial Services & Banking
High Tech & Electronics
Higher Education & Research
Other
Professional Services
Travel & Transportation

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Publications

12 Article/Blogs
What are the business glossary benefits?
LightsOnData
October 23, 2019

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Tags: Digital Disruption, Innovation, Management

The 4 Main Roles of Metadata
linkedin
September 10, 2019
If you don’t have a metadata management program or initiative in place, there are a lot of reasons why you should consider investing into it. In fact, the following 4 main roles of metadata should provide you with a glimpse into the benefits of managing it:

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Tags: Big Data, Digital Transformation, Digital Disruption

6 must-have goals of your Business Intelligence program
Import from wordpress feed
September 04, 2019
To get a successful business intelligence (BI) program started, I believe it should aim to address and abide by the following 6 goals: 1. Information must be easily accessible End users must be able to access information in a timely fashion so that their timely
The post 6 must-have goals of your Bu

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Tags: Design Thinking, Digital Transformation, Digital Disruption

How Business Intelligence and Data Governance Support One Another
Information Governance World
August 26, 2019

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Tags: Business Strategy, Digital Disruption, Innovation

How to use the barrier analysis for improved data quality
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August 14, 2019
Fixing data quality issues is only part of the solution. In order for these not to reoccur, one needs to identify the root cause and prevent from further creating poor data quality. As we know, for every effect there is a cause, and that’s the
The post How to use the barrier analysis for impr

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Digital Disruption, Management

The 11 Essential Elements of a Communication Plan for Data Programs
linkedin
July 31, 2019
Who agrees communication is important? I think it can make or break a program, project or initiative. When it comes to data governance and data management programs such as data quality, master data management, business intelligence, etc., communication plays an important role in all. Unfortunately it is also often overlooked as a key deliverable and tool

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Tags: Big Data, Digital Transformation, Digital Disruption

The ultimate Terms of Reference template for data governance council
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July 10, 2019
Any working group, steering committee, strategy setting council and so on, will be more successful if it understands its purpose, responsibilities, and overall expectations. Outlining all these expectations will ensure a higher committment and engagement rate from its members. This is also the case

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Digital Disruption, Management

What is Data Stewardship? Let's Find Out!
linkedin
June 20, 2019
What is data stewardship? Discussing data stewardship with seasoned data governance practitioners can yield different definitions and understandings of what it is. Some use the two terminologies, data governance and data stewardship, interchangeably, which can make it even more confusing. In my own opinion, they are definitely not the same.

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Tags: Big Data, Privacy

How to Become the MacGyver of Data Governance
LinkedIn Pulse
May 16, 2019

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Innovation, Leadership

10 Guiding Principles Every Data Governance Program Should Follow
LinkedIn Pulse
May 02, 2019

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Digital Disruption, Innovation

Understanding the different types of a data steward
LinkedIn Pulse
April 18, 2019

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Tags: Digital Disruption, Digital Transformation, Leadership

The 10 Vs of big data
TDWI Upside
June 02, 2017

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Tags: Big Data, Digital Transformation, Digital Disruption

2 Board Memberships
VP of Online Services
Data Governance Professionals Organization
March 31, 2016

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Tags: Business Strategy, Innovation, Social

Director of Programs at One World D5240
Rotary International
June 01, 2014

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Tags: Culture, Leadership, Sustainability

2 Founders
LightsOnData Academy
LightsOnData
April 01, 2020

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Tags: Big Data, Digital Disruption, Innovation

Principal - LightsOnData Training & Consulting
LoD
March 01, 2019

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Tags: Digital Disruption, Digital Transformation, Innovation

5 Industry Awards
Top 20 Data Management sites in 2019
Feedspot
November 06, 2019
LightsOnData.com has been selected by the panelist from Feedspot as one of the Top 20 Data Management Blogs on the web in 2019.

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Tags: Big Data, Digital Transformation, Digital Disruption

Best Advancement Services Initiative - alumniUBC Segmentation Model
The Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education (CCAE)
June 10, 2019
Received Gold for the innovation and work done by my Data Analytics team in collaboration with alumniUBC on the alumniUBC Segmentation Model.
The goals were to better understand our alumni interests and needs. This had to be bigger than just anonymous survey results. We wanted to be able to point to an alumnus’ record know that this set of differentiators suggests this person is most likely to participate in a certain activity. This led to better email open rates, lower unsubscribe rates and just overall better awareness of UBC's alumni programs and services.

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Tags: Analytics, Big Data, Digital Disruption

Quality & Productivity Bronze Award for Business Glossary
Canadian Association of University Business Officers
June 01, 2018
Received the Bronze award for the Business Glossary and "How to DAE" (an internal Google-like engine for information) implementations and their achievements.

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Innovation, Leadership

Circle of Excellence Award - Platinum & Gold for Business Glossary
CASE International
August 01, 2017
Received the Platinum and Gold award for the Best Practices in Advancement Services for the Business Glossary and "How to DAE" (an internal Google-like engine for information) implementations and their achievements.

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Emerging Technology, Innovation

Best Practices in Advancement Services - Data Governance & Quality Program
CASE
June 02, 2014
Received the Bronze award for the Best Practices in Advancement Services for the Data Quality Program, its vision and concept, evolution, strategy, best practices, and its achievements from June 2012 to October 2013.

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Tags: Digital Disruption, Digital Transformation, Innovation

7 Influencer Awards
Trending in #Data in LinkedIn for 7 months in a row
LinkedIn
February 03, 2020

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Tags: Big Data, Innovation, Leadership

Top 20 Data Management Sites in 2020
FeedSpot
February 03, 2020

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Tags: Digital Disruption, Digital Transformation, Innovation

Top 50 Thought Leaders
Thinkers 360
October 31, 2019

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Tags: Digital Disruption, Innovation, Leadership

Top 50 Global Thought Leaders and Influencers on Digital Disruption
Thinkers 360
October 28, 2019

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Tags: Digital Disruption

Trending in DataGovernance for 3 months in a row in 2019
LinkedIn
October 01, 2019

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Tags: Big Data, Digital Disruption, Innovation

World's Top 60% Marketing, Social Media & Tech Influencer
Kred
September 02, 2019

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Leadership, Marketing

Global Influence in 547 cities & 47 countries
TweepsMap
August 01, 2019
Tweepsmap analyzed my Twitter followers by location and demographics. Global Influence in 547 Cities & 47 Countries

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Tags: Big Data, Leadership, Social

2 Journal Publications
Top 5 data quality myths
IQ International
December 30, 2019
Article on the five data quality myths and challenging cultural influences faced when leading IQ improvement

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Tags: Digital Disruption, Digital Transformation, Innovation

Best practices for powerful dashboards
TDWI Business Intelligence Journal
May 22, 2017

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Digital Disruption, Innovation

2 Keynotes
Data Governance Best Practices
CDO Forum
June 08, 2020

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Tags: Big Data, Digital Disruption, Innovation

Big Data in Alumni Engagement
Data Driven Advancement
February 22, 2019

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Tags: Analytics, Big Data, Digital Disruption

3 Media Interviews
Master Data Maestros Interview: George Firican
Nube Technologies Master Data Maestros
March 29, 2020
Interview and discussion the master data management landscape, current challenges, and MDM implementation best practices.

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Tags: Big Data, Digital Transformation, Digital Disruption

Business Blast Interview with Tyler Wagner
Business Blast
July 15, 2019

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Tags: Business Strategy, Digital Disruption

Using BI to Audit Data Quality: a Data Talks Interview
Data Talks
May 14, 2019

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Tags: Business Strategy, Digital Disruption, Management

2 Panels
Data Governance and Driving the Business Through Data
SINC Northwest IT Security Leaders Forum
October 07, 2019

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Tags: Digital Disruption, Emerging Technology, Business Strategy

Faculty Panel on Gift Processing & Donor Records Workshop
CASE
October 26, 2018

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Tags: Digital Disruption, Digital Transformation, Innovation

8 Speaking Engagements
How to Establish a Successful Data Governance Program with Limited Resources
Dataversity DGIQ
December 07, 2020
Many organizations agree that data governance is needed, but it can be a daunting program to undertake all at once. What steps do you need to take to ensure adoption and a sustainable program? What should your initial focus be? What foundational blocks should you put in place to build a data governance program and start managing your data as an asset? This session will provide potential solutions to all these questions. 

Key takeaways:
• Best practices for setting up a strong Data Governance foundation
• The most important 3 steps to take to create a sustainable data governance program
• Lessons learned from successful and failed implementations 

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Tags: Big Data, Digital Disruption, Innovation

Dark data: friend or foe?
IQPC
August 04, 2020
We've heard of big data, small data even, but what is this concept of dark data? This session will clarify this concept and this data's attributes, while also exploring its risks as well as potential and benefits that it could bring to a business and even an entire industry.

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Tags: Big Data, Digital Disruption, Digital Transformation

Business Glossaries, data dictionaries, and data catalogs
DAMA Vancouver
February 28, 2020
Come learn about the business glossary, data dictionary, and data catalog, the benefits they bring, and what the relationships are between all three.

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Tags: Digital Disruption, Digital Transformation, Innovation

The Ultimate Guide to Building an Award-Winning Business Glossary
Dataversity
December 09, 2019
It’s estimated that the average information worker spends 9.5 hours per week searching for information, and 42 percent of middle management accidentally uses wrong information once a week. Business glossaries are an effective solution for improving communication and productivity, ensuring a common understanding of business terms and increasing information and data trust. So, what do you need to do to create an efficient business glossary or improve the one you have? George Firican has created award-winning business glossaries and wants to provide you with the knowledge to do the same. In this session you will learn:

The real difference between business glossaries, data dictionaries, and catalogs
Building the business case for a business glossary
Best practices for creating unambiguous and consistent definitions
The must-have and nice-to-have attributes
Managing the life cycle of a term
How to manage, maintain, and fund it
Productivity hacks and other useful tips

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Tags: Business Strategy, Digital Transformation, Innovation

Data is the new oil: The Importance of Data Governance & Data Quality
DAMA Vancouver
November 15, 2019

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Digital Disruption, Business Strategy

Big Data in Fundraising
CASE VIII
February 13, 2019

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Tags: Big Data, Emerging Technology, Innovation

How to Start a Big Data Analytics Project
Leveraging Big Data & Analytics
October 20, 2016

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Tags: Analytics, Big Data, Predictive Analytics

Social Media Metrics
CASE VIII
February 14, 2014

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Tags: Big Data, Digital Disruption, Innovation

3 Videos
The pros and cons of the 4th Industrial Revolution
YouTube
October 22, 2019

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Tags: Big Data, Digital Disruption, Innovation

Data Quality Myth
YouTube
October 02, 2019
A lot of people think that data quality is all about cleansing the data. This is a myth!

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Digital Disruption, Risk Management

What is reference data?
YouTube
September 19, 2019

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Tags: Digital Disruption, Digital Transformation, Innovation

1 Webinar
Business glossaries - The What, the Why, and the How
Dataedo
October 11, 2019

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Digital Disruption, Management

1 Whitepaper
Best Practices for Powerful Dashboards
LoD
March 28, 2018
In any domain in any organization, great dashboards are valuable not only because they can sum up important information and offer a single view of data, but also because they are simple to use and offer a quick, unambiguous way to draw meaningful conclusions from data.
Developing and designing such powerful dashboards does not come easily. Organizing data so it can be easily consumed and quickly understood by operational staff or decision makers requires a thorough understanding of the data and the business needs as well as skills, knowledge, and experience. The design, format, annotations, filters, arrangement, visualization type, and the underlying data all help make the difference between just another dashboard and a powerful dashboard.

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Tags: Digital Disruption, Emerging Technology, Innovation

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Location: any    Date Available: December 31st, 2019    Fees: 5000

Submission Date: October 22nd, 2019    Service Type: Service Offered

I'm available for delivering presentations on data governance, data stewardship, data management, data quality, business intelligence, big data

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