This is the next interview in a new series in which we ask our unique and diverse Datasource Consulting staff to share a bit about themselves, both professionally and personally. We've been amazed and inspired at their talents, hobbies, and aspirations and we hope you are, too!
Name: Sally McCormack
Title: Competency Director, Data Quality
Years with Datasource: 3.5 years
Total Years Industry Experience: 13.5 years
Current Home City: San Diego, CA
Tell us about your experience with Datasource Consulting (DSC), including types of projects and positions held:
As a DQ Lead, I have worked on implementing Data Quality solutions in various organizations while at DSC in the biotech and financial industries. These implementations have included installation and configuration of Data Quality software as well as architecting an overall Data Quality methodology and process to enable our clients to successfully deliver on DQ initiatives after we have transitioned the work over to them. As Competency Director, I have provided strategic and tactical leadership on a number of engagements, managed the DSC DQ competency by developing delivery and implementation methodologies and best practices, trained and mentored our consultants, and supported Sales and Marketing by participating in pre-sales calls, hosting webinars, speaking at conferences, and writing articles and white papers.
Describe life at Datasource with three unique words.
Data all day.
Tell us what you like most about working at DSC.
Whenever I am asked how I like working for Datasource, my immediate response is always: I love it.
I love working for Steve. He's someone that I truly admire and respect. He continually pushes me to be a better consultant/manager/person; I want to be Steve Dine when I grow up!
What challenges you the most at DSC and what motivates you the most at DSC?
What challenges me the most is having so many different priorities going on at one time. As a lead, I often will play different roles at the same time: Competency Director of Data Quality and Test Data Management, people manager, billable consultant on multiple engagements, Engagement Manager for multiple clients, pre-sales consultant for various sales calls and proposals, marketing content creator, etc. Even when on the bench, there is no shortage of work to do! What motivates me are the people at DSC. Leadership, especially Steve, motivates me to excel at what I do. My team motivates me to become a better manager. I really value my team members and want to make sure they are supported and have all that they need to be successful at DSC. To see their success and accomplishments makes me very happy!
What is on your bucket list?
Travel with my husband to where our parents our from. We are both first generation Amercians and my husband would love to show me his roots in Scotland and I would love to show him where my family is from in Vietnam.
Name accomplishments for which you are proud.
I graudated Summa Cum Laude with a 4.0 GPA and was awarded as the Outstanding Student in my college for my major. I also graduated early in 3.5 years instead of 4.
What are your hobbies outside of work?
Dance, barre, spending time with my husband and dog, drinking gin cocktails made by my
husband, and wine tasting.
What is your hidden talent?
My arms are double jointed! Some say my legs are too, but that's just my flexibility. I was a dancer
growing up and danced for over 20 years in ballet, tap, and jazz. I even taught ballet and jazz to
kids and adults before I decided to dedicate my career to data.
Would you rather be a tiny elephant or a giant hamster?
Tell us why you fell in love with data.
I've always been very analytical and even developed a small database for my dance studio when I was a teenager. I knew that a dance career wouldn't quite pay the bills, so I focused on pursuing a career in business and high technology management. I landed a job as an ETL developer right out of college and that is when I realized data management is where I should be!