Rohan.Light

Rohan works in the change management domain, specializing in business risk, enterprise analytics and innovation strategy. The focus of his practice is the decision behavior of groups. He uses his U.K. Cabinet Office Management of Portfolios qualification to wrap everything together.

He teaches a strategic thinking class at Victoria University of Wellington and writes about issues of justice on Switch & Shift, "The Human Side of Business." He gathers his thoughts on the evolution of management on his own blog, Ouroborus.me.

He volunteers as the chairman of the SAS Users of New Zealand, New Zealand's longest standing and largest analytics user community. His purpose is to help build a world-class analytics capability for New Zealand. He also stages an analytics event.

He grew up on a farm where he learned pragmatism, system thinking and plain talking. He cut his teeth as a young professional working in the central administrations of multinationals in London. He learned service business management in the hospitality industry.

He started working through public sector management questions at the New Zealand Treasury while handling ministerial correspondence on tax, infrastructure and economic policies. He commenced internal consultant work in the New Zealand Inland Revenue service with a series of specialized roles in the risk, design, portfolio management and business group domains.

The opinions expressed in this blog are those of Rohan Light and do not necessarily represent those of IDG Communications Inc. or its parent, subsidiary or affiliated companies.

Articles by Rohan.Light

To manage GDPR data risk, pay attention to your service level agreements
Enterprising Analytics

To manage GDPR data risk, pay attention to your service level agreements

Your technology suppliers provide a pipe, platform or other web-based application to enable their clients to do business over the Internet. Unless the client has stipulated their security requirements, the supplier is likely to only provide a basic security configuration to ensure they meet their availability obligations.
March 29, 2018
Enterprise analytics gives responsible control over data exploration
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Enterprise analytics gives responsible control over data exploration

Data becomes information through communication. We want as many smart people to have easy access to rich data. Enterprise analytics is a control for leaders to avoid indulging in 'elaborate rubbish'. For every task there is a tool and this holds true for the data management market. This is about establishing the basic requirements for safe exploration and genuine discovery.
June 19, 2017
Content analytics shows us alternative pathways to success
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Content analytics shows us alternative pathways to success

Writing is evidence of thinking. We hire knowledge workers to think and then convert their thinking into action. People produce content that looks like work, based on what they think work should look like. An important part of content analytics is identifying how information gets shaped. The writing that emerges from dissonant areas of the enterprise points to a different set of possibilities.
May 15, 2017
Enterprise analytics is about finding better problems
Enterprising Analytics

Enterprise analytics is about finding better problems

The digital part of transformation is only the technology element. Transformation happens when the enterprise mission changes. Once an organization is a certain size it becomes like a vertebrate: Everything needs to connect to the technology backbone. “Why are we doing this?” is the question the strategic CxO most wants to hear. It’s a question that leads to blood, sweat and tears but without it there won’t be mission transformation.
May 1, 2017
Good analytics governance isn’t about better information
Enterprising Analytics

Good analytics governance isn’t about better information

As organizations evolve, or try to evolve, the matter of governance inevitably comes up. Elegant delegation and decision rules come undone at the first special case that requires a variation from the norm.
April 4, 2017
Enterprising Analytics

For enterprise analytics, good governance isn’t centralized governance

The ease with which customer-facing business units obtain self-service analytics platforms is leading to a proliferation of analytics in the enterprise. But that proliferation of self-service analytics presents corporate IT with breakthrough opportunity. Governance of analytics is perhaps the only domain that the strategic CxO should be expected to have primary responsibility for.
March 21, 2017
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Analytics helps the enterprise find its identity

Consumerized analytics applications are everywhere, but their presence isn’t obvious. Managing this phenomenon at the executive level isn’t easy. People are always looking for the silver bullet, the single solution. It can’t all be known. Or, put another way, if it can all be known then it’s not changing, not evolving, not transforming.
December 5, 2016
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Transformation is happening: Enterprise analytics helps give it shape

The creative economy is an entirely different beast from the industrial economy that preceded it. The shift to the creative economy is hard enough without our continued use of mass-production-era management techniques. It’s fashionable to criticize the management techniques of the mass-production era but we're better off being a bit more reflective. The strategic CxO must help the organization learn its way forward, and the means for doing that will be found in enterprise analytics.
November 22, 2016