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Fishing the Middle Spey at Craigellachie

During my last week in the UK I will be Salmon Fishing on the River Spey. I have been coming to Scotland for more than 20-yrs now to fish for the Atlantic Salmon & Sea Trout and have experienced many of the fine beats along the river from its mouth at Spey Bay to Laggan at its headwaters.

On this trip I will be putting my new Sage Method 15′ spey rod & 6000 Series reel through the paces. I can hardly wait to see how it casts in the cool, wet & windy weather that we have been experiencing this past week.

I will report in at the end of the week to let you know how I did on this trip.

During the month of May I wrote two articles/blogs on Privacy Engineering, along with presenting on the topic at the Software Defined Anything Symposium in London. From the feedback I have received so far there is a very strong interest in this topic and its potential impact on the future of Big Data & Analytics as a viable activity. 

For those are interested; here are links to my two articles; 

1.- Information Age – May 2014 Issue:

2.- IBM Big Data & Analytics Hub – Privacy Corner May 2014:

You can see my presentation from SDx14 on my Linked In Profile:

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May in the UK

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I will be leaving for the UK on May 3rd to spend a month in London and the Scottish Highlands. I am hopeful for good weather in both locations as it has been so miserable here in Seattle this past Spring and Winter.

During my stay in London I will be participating in the following Conferences/Events:

1.- The Chief Data Officer Summit at the Kensington Close Hotel ( (held in conjunction w/ Data Today). I will be tweeting from the event representing Information Age and writing an article on the event for Information Age readers.

2.- The Software Defined Anything Symposium – SDx at the Langham Hotel ( I will be keynoting on the topic of “Privacy Engineering for a Software Defined World”. See my article in the May issue of Information Age for a preview of my comments.

3.- OVUM’s Industry Congress 2014 at the Victoria Park Plaza ( ). I will be there with my Information Age hat on and will be tweeting from seminars on Data Management & Data Governance, Digital Strategies and Others topics

4.- Insurance Strategies Perspective – Solvency II Event ( – Central LondonI will be there to hear the latest from UK/EU Thought Leaders on the Solvency II Scheme.

Additionally, I will be meeting with colleagues from the Strategic Planning Society, the Strategic Management Forum, Source for Consulting & PCG as well as a number of Business Transformation consultancies. I am looking forward to talking shop with a number of seasoned leaders and practitioners in this space of the consulting market.

Following on to my two-weeks in London are two weeks up in Scotland where I am staying at Bob Dylan’s Highland Estate, Aultmore. ( in my favorite village of Nethy Bridge (where I lived in 2006-2007). I will be climbing some Munros, visiting Glencoe and Atlantic Salmon fishing for a week on the Middle Spey at Craigellachie ( with Ghillie, Dougie Ross. This will be the highlight of my trip for sure. Stay tuned for updates and photos of all “The Springers” that I catch (and release) during my fishing.

Finally, I am going to do a detailed study on the new range of Macallan 1824 Series Single Malts ( It just happens that The Macallan distillery is across the River Spey from the Craigellachie fishing beats so…. I will report in on my study as it progresses.


I will be writing an article each month going forward in these three publications to help promote awareness and to foster action on the subjects of Privacy, Strategy & Governance. I hope that all of you will follow these conversations and add your comments wherever possible. 

1.- Information Age Magazine (UK) – “Resident Columnist”  ( )

2.- IBM Big Data & Analytics Hub – “The Privacy Corner” ( )

3.- IBM Data Magazine – “The Contrarian View” ( )

Additionally, I will be in the UK for the entire month of May and while there will be participating in two major conferences;

  • The Software Defined Everything Symposium ( ) where I will be presenting a keynote on “Privacy by Design for a Software Defined World”
  • The Chief Data Officers Summit ( ) where I will be providing “The Contrarian Viewpoint” throughout the conference. 


The (many) Failures of Big Data

Vancouver – Big Data, Integration & Governance Forum

My first year as an IBM Champion for Information Management is quickly coming to an end and I could not think of a more appropriate way to cap it off then to return to Vancouver and present my viewpoints on “Strategy & Governance” to an audience of former peers and friends.

If you are going to be in the Vancouver area on March 4th, please register at the link provided and we can catch up on the day. I will be giving my presentation along with participating in a Panel Discussion and joining in the conversation at lunchtime. I am very much looking forward to this event. See you there!

“N.S.A. Gathers Data on Social Connections of U.S. Citizens” (NYT – Sunday, September 29, 2013)

Is there any “Illusion of Privacy” left at this point after such headlines? Doubtful, I would imagine. 

On Monday, September 30th @ 12:00 EDT I will be participating in a live TweetChat on #CXO entitled “Customer Privacy in the Age of Transparency”. For those who can follow along or tweet we are going to get into the meat of the topic of “The Illusion of Privacy and How to Contend with it”.

Here are some questions that we will be exploring during out 60-minute TweetChat:

  1. Is transparency helping or hindering the customer experience? Explain
  2. Can big data, transparency and privacy live together in harmony? Why or why not?
  3. Is it the customer’s job to protect their privacy? Whose job is it?
  4. Should privacy factors dictate how long customer data is kept? Why or why not?
  5. Who should determine what can and can’t be done with customer data? Should the customer have a say on social data?
  6. Can businesses trust their sources of customer data? How can they improve veracity?
  7. How can businesses incorporate governance into their customer data collection plans?
  8. What should tomorrow’s consumer privacy policies and plan look like?

A lot of material to cover is just one hour so be prepared. 

See you tomorrow.

“N.S.A. Gathers…