Data Strategy

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A Practical Approach to Digital Transformation

Rob Wilson Principal Consultant Nashville

Rob Wilson
Principal Consultant, Greater Nashville Area

By now you have heard the term “Digital Transformation” overused, and you may still wonder what it means. While definitions vary wildly, most articles on Digital Transformation agree on two things:

              • Every organization needs one
              • It’s an ambiguous term, meaning different things to different people

As the old adage goes, “If your only tool is a hammer, then every problem looks like a nail.” Some companies think Digital Transformation is all about the digitization of paper forms or preparing for the Internet of Things (IoT). Even in our own organization, there is ambiguity around the term. Our infrastructure group, for example, will define it with an infrastructure bias, while our software group is biased toward a software definition. In the end, we believe it is about hardware and software working together to improve the performance of an organization and prepare it for future disruption.

Digital Transformation

We like to think we have helped our clients undergo their own Digital Transformations for over 40 years, although few of them actually called it that. It usually comes in the form of continuous improvement, integration, or modernization projects, as examples. To that end, many have ignored the hype, knowing the same concept may resurface under another name in the future (as tech buzzwords tend to do).

Despite the fact the term is ambiguous and overused, we have decided to embrace it. Why? First, the term simply isn’t going away. It is still a trending topic in 2020 and shows no signs of fading. Second, if properly defined, it really is a good way to describe the mindset that a company must take to remain relevant and viable in the digital age.

We have taken a long look – present, past, and future – at the solutions we have developed for and with our clients. With these projects in mind, we have drafted a “Digital Transformation Framework” for the purpose of defining what it means, why you need it, how to approach it, and what outcomes to expect. Our roadmap for Digital Transformation is based upon 12 tenets we see as key in a Digital Transformation mindset.

This year, we will share the framework with you in many ways. First, we will make our Digital Transformation Framework available to you via download from our web site, along with worksheets to help you plan your own initiatives. Second, we will present deep dives of the tenets at local and regional events. And, finally, we will share success stories and educational materials on our blog and social channels in the spirit of adding clarity to a complicated topic. While many companies claim to already have a strategy in place and some even purport to have fully implemented it, we contend that a Digital Transformation is a mindset, based on a continuum of initiatives. Watch for opportunities in 2020 to learn more through our social media, attend one of our events, and even to have an assessment done at your organization.

In the meantime, if you would like to talk Digital Transformation and how it applies to your organization, please reach out to our team anytime.

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Announcing Keller Schroeder’s NEW Data Strategy Group


Since our founding in 1978, Keller Schroeder has continually evolved to meet the technology and business needs of our clients.  In today’s digital economy, we subscribe to the idea that Data Science, Machine Learning, and Artificial Intelligence are skills that are now vital to a company’s future.  To that end, we are excited to announce the addition of our Data Strategy Group.  Keller Schroeder’s Data Strategy Group can help businesses develop the culture, capability, and methods to use advanced analytics for a competitive advantage.

Keller Schroeder's Data Strategy Group
Tom Vargo
will lead the new division as the Director, Data Strategy Group.  Tom has over twenty-five years of experience in the strategic application of technology for business improvement, and has been heavily involved in corporate analytics and enterprise architecture.

Morgan Duckworth joined Keller Schroeder on June 19th as a Senior Data Architect, Data Strategy Group.  Morgan had 17 years of experience as an Applications Developer, Business Analyst, and Senior Data Architect.

Josh Pack joined Keller Schroeder on July 3rd as a Principal Consultant, Data Strategy Group. Prior to joining Keller Schroeder, Josh earned experience as a Senior Data Scientist and as a Manager of a Data Science team.

Bryan Blubaum joined Keller Schroeder on July 29th as an Enterprise Architect, Data Strategy Group. Bryan has experience as a Data Engineer and Work Stream Lead for Data Governance in addition to experience as a Systems Administrator.

If you have any questions regarding Data Strategy or would like to discuss how your company can begin utilizing an organizational data strategy, monetize your data, or fine tune the methods you are currently using, please reach out to us any time for more information.