Do you ever wonder how to identify a data hero? It can be tough since they’re not always obvious. In fact, they might be walking right next to you, and you wouldn’t even know it.

But what exactly is a data hero? They’re individuals who are passionate about the power of data and its ability to bring about positive change. They could be experts in data analysis, research, data stores, or governance. The most important thing is that they’re aware of data’s potential for good, and they recognize the importance of using it responsibly to protect both individuals and their organization.

For us, a data hero is someone who helps their organization operate more effectively by successfully utilizing data while also meeting all ethical, legal, and risk-related considerations that come with modern organizations. They understand that using data in the right way can enhance the customer experience, increase revenue, and even spur the development of new products or services. Importantly, a data hero doesn’t just prioritize responsible data use; they also work to build trust with customers through their actions.

Here is our list of data leaders to look out for in 2023:

With great data comes great responsibility 

So now that you know how to identify a data hero, you might be wondering how to become one yourself. Nowadays, being a data hero means more than just ticking off a few regulatory boxes. It’s about enabling, empowering, and inspiring your organization to use data to its fullest potential while still respecting privacy and compliance.

If you’re interested in becoming a data hero, check out our latest report, “The New Fuel of Enterprise Innovation” created in collaboration with Corinium Intelligence. In this report, you’ll learn about the six key traits that the most successful data heroes possess and get actionable advice on how to implement them in your own organization. By following these traits, you can fuel innovation and become a true data hero in your company.