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Building an Agile & Iterative Data Strategy and Team

In our next webinar we are joined by Jason Foster, CEO and Founder of Cynozure and Barry Green, CDO at Allianz where they will be discussing best practice on how to build an agile and iterative data strategy and team. During the joint presentation/discussion Jason and Barry will cover;

Why a modern data strategy needs to be agile and iterative
The journey required to create an agile and iterative strategy and team
The best approach to understanding exactly how far you are in your journey and the pillars of an effective strategy

Both panellists will then be available for an interactive Q&A session, taking questions from the audience.
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