Just a reminder to myself, and anyone else that cares to value the same advice. For the next decade, and probably beyond, the focus should be on detailed work around data: – definitions, documentation, analysis, process flows. So, precisely what data elements, stored precisely where, moving from where, to where, for precisely what purpose; who are the data rights holders, who are the custodians. Nothing generic, all down in the drains type of work.
Other things are important, leadership, culture, business model choices, process optimisation, return on investment (including time investment); but none outweighs the necessary focus on the detail of the data.
The outcome of that level of focus should hopefully be a lot more of the right data getting to the right places, and a lot less of the wrong data going to the wrong places. Right and wrong in this case, at least where personal data are involved, are as seen from the perspective of the individual.