episode 743

Data Strategy Basics: Accenture's Penelope Prett on Origination & Data Literacy

Penelope Prett is the Chief Information, Data and Analytics officer at Accenture, a global technology services and consulting firm that earns in excess of $60 billion in annual revenue. Penelope has spent more than three decades with the company, having spent time as a product leader, as a managing director in charge of software alliances, technology offerings, and technology asset development among other roles, prior to rising to become the firm's chief information officer in 2019 and adding the data and analytics officer role in October of 2022. She leads the company's global IT operations, including the infrastructure, services, and applications that enable Accenture people to work anytime, anywhere across 120 countries. February 20, 2023

743: Penelope covers the integration of the data and analytics officer role into her CIO role at Accenture as well as the importance of focusing on the basics when developing a data strategy at your company. She discusses the structure of her teams in her role, the shared services she leverages to strengthen the relationships across those teams, and how she contemplates the art of the possible when it comes to delivering new innovations to the rest of the business including how she co-innovates with business partners and clients. Penelope also talks about driving sustainability at Accenture, facilitating hybrid work, and using her experience across the company to inform her role as CIO. Finally, she looks ahead at trends being driven by the digital-native generation and reflects on the keys to her career success.

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The World Class IT principles in yellow were the focus of this interview

  • 01 1- People
  • 02 2- Infrastructure
  • 03 3- Project and Portfolio Management
  • 04 4- IT & Business Partnership
  • 05 5- External Partnerships

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