Driving Enterprise Adoption: Tragedies, Triumphs and Our NEXT

Driving Enterprise Adoption: Tragedies, Triumphs and Our NEXT

Tuesday, June 19
4:50 PM - 5:30 PM
Executive Ballroom 210B/F

Standard Bank is a leading South African bank with a vision to be the leading financial services organization in and for Africa. We will share our vision, greatest challenges, and most valuable lessons learned on our journey towards enterprise adoption of a big data strategy.

This includes our implementation of: a multi-tenant enterprise data lake, a real time streaming capability, appropriate data management and governance principles, a data science workbench, and a process for model productionisation to support data science teams across the Group and across Africa and Europe.

1. Our journey from a POC environment to investment in a fully scaled production environment
2. What to do about skills?
• Building a skills base from the ground up
3. Living on the edge
• Setting up multiple tenants/ teams on the lake
4. Getting secured
• Kerberos/ Centrify/ Active Directory—having to create new standards for the Group
5. Data science workbench
• Establishment of the Data Science Guild
• Encouraging multi-tenancy as opposed to multiple clusters
• Managing more than 30 tooling requests at a time and establishing agreed standards
• Data science use cases
6. Getting our priorities straight
• With demand growing to productionise models based on proven use cases by multiple data science teams that had been built out in their sandbox environments we established a rigid prioritization process.
7. Building an enterprise lake and not a swamp
• Integrating with our enterprise data governance programme
8. Supporting geographically dispersed regions (Rest-of-Africa and Wealth Jersey)
9. Our NEXT (the way forward)

Presentation Video


Zakeera Mahomed
Big Data Practice Lead
Standard Bank
Zakeera Mahomed Zakeera is a Data Specialist that has worked at many of the leading financial institutions in South Africa. She’s been involved in the full lifecycle around data, from designing and building Enterprise physical datawarehouses, logical datawarehouses, implementing master data management solutions, establishing Enterprise data governance structures, defining technical roadmaps to meet business strategies. Zakeera played a crucial role in the simplification of the data architecture at the Johannesburg Stock Exchange by combining the implementation of Master Data Management with Data Virtualisation. She’s been invited to speak at the Open Group forum SA and also participated in a webinar on Data Virtualisation. She now leads the Big Data practice within standard Bank. https://www.denodo.com/en/webinar/strategic-journey-simplify-complex-data-integration http://opengroup.co.za/event/ea-forum-johannesburg-40
Kristel Sampson
Platform Owner
Standard Bank
Kristel is responsible for managing the delivery of business value from the Big Data stack. Kristel facilitates the prioritisation of business use cases for the Data Lake across all divisions in the Group. Kristel is an agent for change in an ever-evolving technology landscape and has been instrumental in acceptance and approval of investment cases for open source technology. Kristel supports the community of Data Science practitioners by facilitating regular Guilds. Her experience spans the implementation of new technologies and platforms across the Enterprise in support of the Group strategy. Kristel is the Platform Owner for Big Data at Standard Bank.