04 Oct Spotlight on Strategy with Dr. Jason Wang
At the IEHE, we are always excited to have the opportunity to highlight the incredible work being done by our colleagues. As part of the launch of Data Strategy in Colleges and Universities: From Understanding to Implementation, edited by our own Kristina Powers, we’re bringing you a series of profiles of the higher education professionals who share their knowledge and expertise in the book.
Dr. Jason Wang serves as a Decision Support Analyst at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He co-wrote Data Strategy Versus an Information Technology Planning (Chapter 4) with Sandra Kinney which focuses on the drastic differences between a data strategy and an IT plan—and advocates that both are crucial.
Key Chapter Takeaways
Jason notes that it’s understandable that the line between a data strategy and an IT plan can be blurred so easily. They exist within the same data environment, and depend on each other to ensure progress towards the organization’s data goals. He says the biggest takeaway from his chapter is their interdependence – understanding the role each plays, and how that fits into the bigger picture of the organization.
Dr. Jason Wang On the Process of Writing
Jason indicates that he enjoys brainstorming and ideation process, but often struggles with putting pen to paper. He finds it helpful to put himself in settings where he has no choice but to write, like a coffee shop or library. While he describes his first drafts as “extra rough,” he notes that:
“. . . Every now and again, I do happen upon the simple pleasure of finding the word that just feels right, like Amelie dipping her hand into sacks of grains.”
An Excerpt from Data Strategy in Colleges and Universities:
Want to read more? Preorder your copy of Data Strategy in Colleges and Universities: From Understanding to Implementation now (release date is November 5, 2019)! You can also read more about the chapter authors and an extended excerpt from the book.
Do you ever find yourself taking joys in small aspects of writing? Can you remember a moment of simple pleasure in the process, as Jason says, “like Amelie dipping her hand into sacks of grains?” Tell us about it in the comments below.