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George Firican

Principal at LightsOnData Consulting & Training

Vancouver, Canada

505 Followers

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
Academic5
Author34
Influencer71
Speaker28
Entrepreneur160
Total298

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Thought Leader Profile

Portfolio Mix

Company Information

Company Type: Individual
Business Unit: Data

Areas of Expertise

Big Data 44.42
Digital Disruption 45.19
Digital Transformation 41.43
Management 32.70
Emerging Technology 33.37
Innovation 50.29
Business Strategy 37.43
Customer Experience 31.02
Analytics 39.17
Risk Management 31.18
Predictive Analytics 35.95
Social 41.70
Govtech 31.15
Data Center
Leadership 41.04
Privacy 30.41
AI 30.18
Design Thinking 30.41
Marketing 32.45
Culture 35.05
Sustainability 53.33

Industry Experience

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

Publications

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

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Tags: Digital Disruption, Innovation, Management

3 things you didn’t know about the role of the data governance sponsor
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October 16, 2019
As most of us already know, the data governance sponsor plays a critical role in the success of a data governance program. Without sponsorship at an executive level, data governance programs often lack the funding and resources required to get off the ground. They simply
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Tags: Govtech, Leadership

5 main data roles found in data governance programs
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September 11, 2019
I’ve previously wrote about more obscure, though intriguing, data roles I’ve encountered, but I’ve been asked several times to go over the main data roles found in a data governance program. I’ll skip the sometimes dreaded introduction and get straight to it. The 5 main
The

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Digital Disruption, 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, Privacy

6 must-have goals of your Business Intelligence program
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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
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Tags: Design Thinking, Digital Transformation, Digital Disruption

Uncovering data governance maturity models (webinar)
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August 28, 2019

Are you planning to start a data governance program or have started one and want to know how to evolve it? A data governance maturity model might provide you with solutions. I’ve had the pleasure to deliver a webinar for DAMA UK and provide the
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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
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Tags: Digital Transformation, Digital Disruption, Management

Stephen King’s 5 rules for data governance practitioners (kind of)
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August 07, 2019
Most of us know Stephen King as a great writer and a great storyteller. His books have been translated into 33 different languages, published in over 35 different countries. There are over 350 million copies of his novels in publication, with some of his most
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Tags: Digital Transformation, Digital Disruption, Innovation

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: Analytics, AI, Big Data

5 key stakeholders for successful report/ dashboard development
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July 24, 2019
One of the main functions of the Business Intelligence (BI) team is to provide the right information to the right people at the right time. 99% of the time, this comes in the form of well-designed, structured, and built reports and/or dashboards. There are a
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Tags: Customer Experience, 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

9 questions to ask for data veracity assessment
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July 03, 2019

There are different takes on what veracity refers to. The overall consensus is that data veracity reflects the truthfulness of a data set and your level of confidence or trust in it. I’ll take this a step further and say that data veracity is your
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Tags: Big Data

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

Data governance maturity models – Kalido
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June 12, 2019

So far I’ve provided an overview on 6 different maturity models which I will post links below in case you’d like to learn more about them. Maturity models can provide a road map to follow in order to advance from one maturity stage/ level to
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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 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

1 Founder
Principal - LightsOnData Training & Consulting
LoD
March 01, 2019

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Tags: Digital Disruption, Digital Transformation, Innovation

4 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: Digital Disruption, Digital Transformation, Leadership

Prix d'Excellene for Best Advancement Services Initiative on Data Analytics
The Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education
June 03, 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, Predictive Analytics

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

6 Influencer Awards
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 #Data in LinkedIn for 4 months in a row
LinkedIn
October 20, 2019

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Tags: Big Data, Innovation, Leadership

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

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

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Tags: Customer Experience, Digital Disruption, Innovation

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

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Tags: Analytics, Big Data, Digital Disruption

2 Media Interviews
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

5 Speaking Engagements
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, Innovation, Social

4 Videos
Data Quality Myth #4: Data Quality Tools
YouTube
October 24, 2019

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Tags: Innovation, Management, Business Strategy

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

2 Webinars
Business glossaries - The What, the Why, and the How
Dataedo
October 11, 2019

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Digital Disruption, Management

Data Governance Maturity Models
DAMA UK
August 23, 2019

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Tags: 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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