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Data Leadership in 2024: Key Considerations

Looking at 2024 and beyond, credit unions must recognize that data leadership is not a one-time initiative but an ongoing journey. By investing in data governance, advanced analytics, and focusing on members, credit unions can position themselves as trusted financial partners that meet the evolving needs of their members in a digital-first world.

Data Governance and Compliance:

First and foremost, we must uphold the highest data governance and compliance standards. Data privacy regulations like GDPR and CCPA are just the tip of the iceberg. With more regulations emerging globally and locally, credit unions must stay ahead by investing in robust data governance frameworks, ensuring data integrity and security.

Embracing advanced analytics and artificial intelligence (AI) is no longer optional but essential. Credit unions can leverage AI for predictive analytics, fraud detection, and even chatbots for enhanced member engagement. These technologies can help us make data-driven decisions and provide more personalized services.

Data leadership should revolve around the members. Starting with understanding the friction your member has to do business with your credit union. Leveraging your enterprise data to understand member needs and preferences sets your credit union apart from its competition. Focus on building solutions to lessen friction and create tailor-made offerings and experiences.

Data Ethics:

The ethical use of data is paramount. Credit unions should establish a clear code of ethics regarding data collection and usage. Transparency with members about how their data is used builds trust and differentiates us from larger financial institutions.

In 2024, consider collaborating with fintechs and other innovative partners. They can provide cutting-edge solutions and expertise in data management and analytics that might be challenging to develop in-house.

Data Literacy: Promote a culture of data literacy within your organization. Ensure that all employees have a basic understanding of data, its importance, how to use it responsibly, and how it can be used to tell incredible stories to help improve your member's lives. This will empower your team to make better data-driven decisions.

Continuous Learning:

The field of data is constantly evolving. Encourage your team to stay updated with the latest trends and technologies through continuous learning and professional development.

In today's digital age, data is the lifeblood of any financial institution, including credit unions. To ensure we continue to thrive and meet our members' evolving needs, we must give due consideration to data leadership. Making 2024 the year your credit union harnesses the power of data to serve your members better and ensure the continued success of your credit union!


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To help credit unions harness and use their data, we partner with you to develop a member-centric, multi-year data strategy focused on solving member friction. We determine the data that is needed to solve the use case and help build the solution. Along the way, we deliver the following;

  • an enterprise data vision statement

  • a member-centric data strategy based on actual member data

  • a data governance foundation

  • best practices for data analytics capability

  • a comprehensive data roadmap

  • a data success scorecard


Data Strategy


First City Credit Union

Learn how First City Credit Union partnered with THRIVE to help them identify their gaps in existing data efforts, gain clarity on member needs and wants, and build a multi-year roadmap for data success.

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