For almost 20 years I worked as a consultant in continuous improvement projects in the field of logistics and food quality & traceability. I made a career switch from marketing driven companies to data driven companies. In a big governmental company research was done in the fields of GDPR and data logistics. The conclusion is that GDPR gives a boost to data logistics in data driven companies.
Zéger Nieuweboer (1)
In a general business sense, logistics is the management of the flow of things between the point of origin and the point of consumption in order to meet the requirements of the customers. The resources managed in logistics can include physical items such as food, materials, animals, equipment, and liquids; as well as abstract items, such as data and information.
The EU data protection legislation GDPR covers the privacy regulations of data and information. In the GDPR strict regulations are set for the traceability and shell life of privacy sensitive data. A year before the GDPR deadline of the 25th of May 2018, a data survey was executed in a large governmental company. We found for up to seven years stocks of privacy sensitive data. The main data stocks are depicted in figure 1.
There are several reasons for keeping data stocks/inventory for data & analytics.
In an ideal world all analytics questions can be generated from de transactional data source. One reason for the existence of data warehousing is to shorten demand lead times in accordance with the customer demand needs.
Uncertainty of delivery
In big organizations, complex logistics chains exists for data processing and information delivery. Because of delivery uncertainty in vendor-customer relations, multiple data warehouses and data stocks occur in the organization.
Uncertainty of demand
Uncertainty of information demand leads to stocks in data warehousing to cover the potential demand of any data field in the data source, in any chosen update frequency.
Surprisingly we found that the main reason for data stocks is unawareness. At the dawn of the GDPR implementation the majority of data stocks occur, simple because nobody is monitoring data stocks. Even of highly privacy sensitive data and information. GDPR can have a tremendous impact at the monitoring and design of data logistics chains. The conclusion is that GDPR gives a boost to data logistics in data driven companies.
(1) Zéger Nieuweboer holds a Master of Science (MSc) degree in Agricultural Engineering at Wageningen University (NL). He was granted a Professional Doctorate (PDEng) in Industrial Engineering at the School of Technological Design of the Eindhoven University of Technology (NL). Zéger Nieuweboer is Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM), issued by the American Production & Inventory Control Society in Chicago.