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People Behind the Project: Jason Greer

Jason Greer Far Reach

Name

Jason Greer

Title

VP of Strategic Solutions

How do you help clients?

Far Reach is a technology firm with a focus on doing good within our community and world. I work with clients to understand the business problems they're trying to solve, then work with the Far Reach team to meet those needs. At the heart of everything we do is solving business problems.

What led you to here? 

Through networking, I had the chance to meet a few people at Far Reach over the past few years. I was always impressed with their culture and purpose to make the world a better place. When I had the chance to start a new chapter, I gave Kate a call to see if she knew of any opportunities and the rest is history.

Tell us about your background or training.

I started in IT with my first project to do Y2K changes in COBOL. A few years into my IT career, I was a part of a continuous improvement (CI) project. I fell in love with CI, so I studied Lean and Six Sigma and have been leading those types of projects for 15+ years. A big part of CI is collecting and analyzing data, so for the past 8 years I have been a consultant for both CI and data strategy projects.

What is your work mantra? 

Intentional Excellence

What are you reading? 

Who do you follow?

Where do you see the field going in 1-3 years? 

For IT:

The basic programming of a website is becoming a commodity. You can go to Wix or GoDaddy and set up a basic online store in an afternoon. The reality for many businesses, however, is that cookie cutter doesn't fit their business. The field is shifting from a commodity approach to understanding root-cause business problems and using technology, data, and problem solving to tackle really big problems.

For Data Analysis:

I see data visualization becoming the same commodity that basic web design has become in the next 5 to 10 years. What we are going to face in next few years is the need to master data governance. The tech community is aware of the problem, but in reality, data governance extends beyond tech and is a business problem. If business areas want to answer more complex questions with their data, they have to learn how to make their data trusted, consistent, and reportable across their organization. This is an undertaking that requires business and IT areas to work together.

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