Kathy MacDougall is a partner and senior business architect at Zepheira which provides solutions to effectively integrate, navigate and manage data across personal, group and enterprise boundaries. Kathy is responsible for analyzing clients’ current business architecture and making recommendations for improvements to ensure successful adoption of new technology implementations.
Kathy has extensive experience leading enterprise-wide initiatives to help companies evaluate, manage and leverage their corporate data to increase revenues and uncover new business intelligence. Successes during her 20-year tenure in this field include creating data-based and knowledge management solutions for companies ranging in $500M to $11B in size, including such names as General Electric and Sun Microsystems. She is a contributing author to O’Reilly’s 97 Things Every Project Manager should Know.
Kathy has been implementing solutions using Semantic Web technologies since 2000. As Product Boss at Sun Microsystems, Kathy and her team led the first known large-scale corporate implementation of Semantic Web technologies which was used to enable personalized delivery of Sun’s intellectual capital across the organization. With the proper combination of technology and business infrastructure in place, Sun was able to achieve an estimated cost avoidance of $10M annually. Kathy and team were invited to provide their expert perspective on the role of Semantic Web technologies in business solutions at W3C’s Technical Plenary in 2003.
Kathy is a graduate of Colgate University and has extensive training in processes improvement and affecting organizational change, including background in Six Sigma methodologies.