DCN October 2017 - Page 34

GPDR Don’t Panic! GDPR is coming, but have no fear, Matt Smith, CTO at Software AG explains why GDPR should be viewed as an opportunity, that could well open new doors for your business. T he EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force as of May 2018. One of the key aspects of this regulation is that all businesses will be required to implement data protection and reporting structures of EU citizens’ personal data. As the deadline quickly approaches, businesses should capitalise on the fantastic opportunity it presents to implement change and encourage innovation. The new legislation is motivation for businesses to evaluate their current procedures and ensure that they are up to scratch. 34 | October 2017 GDPR compliance will be a challenge. Each and every business dealing with personal data will need to ensure all employees are onside and prepared for the changes to working practices and processes as a result of GDPR. One such change is that organisations with more than 250 employees will be required to appoint a data protection officer (DPO). The DPO will be key to driving progression within the business and be a champion for change. So, what can businesses do to ensure they are able to make the most out of the GDPR shake up? Restructure your data operations One of the first places to start in preparation for GDPR is streamlining processes. With this in mind, many organisations have already turned to techniques and tools that encourage a more collaborative approach to storing and maintaining data. Workflow tools help to guide people in their tasks, add rigor, deliver auditability and in the best examples, allow employees to directly feedback on the tools to ensure they work effectively. Business process analysis technologies can be really