It’s not unlikely that future generations will look back at the first half of 2018 as the time the world woke up to data. In this short period, two developments, vastly different in scope and reach, converged to change the discussion around the bytes that help power the planet.

To start with the big and obvious: on May 25, the world embraced GDPR, the biggest data privacy act in history. Although GDPR coupled draconian regulations with onerous fines, it was more so a symbol of data’s vast importance to humanity.

Around this time, enterprise found the most accurate way yet of talking about the next frontier in data management: the data hub. Uniting the monumental data innovations of the past decade into a single platform, the data hub lays the groundwork for businesses to use.

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