If the high number of attendees for our latest webinar, “GDPR: Create the right basis now for compliance in 2018 and beyond,” is any indication, this is a topic that is starting to hit hard. Companies appear to realize that the regulation means them— and it means it seriously.
But what I find more interesting than the number, is the diversity of titles on the attendee list. It underscores what I advocated in my last blog on GDPR about throwing people at the challenge because so many people in the organization have a stake in GDPR.
Here are some of the titles on the list:
- VP Security Operations
- Solution Architect
- Contracts Manager
- Enterprise Architect
- Business Analyst
- Business Design Lead
- Data Protection Officer
- Integration Developer
- IT Business Management Process and Quality
- Data Architect
- Legal Assistant
- GDPR Project Member
- Head of IT Process and Governance
- Group Personal Safety Officer
- Information Security and Assurance Lead
- Project Manager
- Salesforce Architect
- Head of Membership Engagement
- Product Manager
- Strategic Planner
- Business Process Modeler
- Head of Safety and Regulatory ISM
- Delivery Assurance
- Head of Sales Order Management
In a recent report* from Forrester, analyst Enza Iannopollo (who is also the guest speaker on the above-mentioned webinar), writes: “GDPR Takes a Village: Compliance with GDPR is not the result of the effort of a single team. Instead, it requires ongoing collaboration across the organization.” And I think our list of titles demonstrates that organizations are beginning to realize this.
So the tools you will use for your GDPR compliance efforts will need to provide good capabilities for collaboration. This means, among other things, a centralized repository of information that is the golden source. It is constantly fed in real time by those who have a contributing role in the course of their compliance work, making it a foundation for being able to make good decisions. And it provides those that do need to make decisions the information they need in an amount and form appropriate to the decisions that need to be made. There are other important collaboration features - such as automated workflows and discussion threads - that I won’t go into here but also need to be in place.
So whatever your title and whatever your role in GDPR compliance, it will be worth your while to research what tools are best positioned to support your company’s efforts. My tip: Start with our webinar to understand the milestones you’ll need to meet as laid out by Ms Iannopollo and then figure out what you’ll need in tool support to meet them.
* “Identify Companywide Roles and Responsibilities to Support Your GDPR Compliance Efforts: Many Teams Contribute to the Success of Your Privacy and GDPR Strategy,” Enza Iannopollo, June 20, 2017.