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Ozgur Dogan, President of Solutions and Service Lines, Blend

Describe your career to date

With over 20 years of experience in the data, analytics, and technology domains, I have had the privilege of witnessing the evolution of these fields from their early stages. I began my career in analytics before the term data science even existed.  

I led large analytics and data teams at Merkle before taking on the role of CMO at Hepsiburada, one of the EMEA region’s leading ecommerce companies, where I founded the data science capability.   

I was the first employee at Blend’s data science solutions and helped the company achieve explosive growth in areas such as data science, data engineering, and business intelligence. In just five years, we expanded from a team of one to a staff of 450.  

What challenges do you see for data in the year ahead that will have an impact on your clients and on the industry as a whole?  

Talent shortage will continue to be a big challenge. There is a persistent difficulty in finding skilled professionals in the fields of data science and engineering.    

Data explosion is also a big challenge as organizations face managing the increasing volume of data. Although this is a challenge, it also presents opportunities to solve impactful use cases.  

Another obstacle we have seen in the industry is data access, quality, and governance. This can slow down organizations that are interested developing and building out their data science capabilities.  

Have you set out a vision for data? If so, what is it aiming for and does it embrace the whole organization or just the data function? 

Everything we do at Blend revolves around data; we help organizations with their data driven transformations and guide them throughout the transformation journey.  

Have you been able to fix the data foundations of your organization, particularly with regard to data quality? 

One area we help our clients in is fixing data foundations and data quality and we leverage that same expertise internally. 

What stage has your organization reached on its data maturity journey? 

At Blend, we have reached advanced stages and strive to achieve the highest level of maturity. We guide other organizations with our expertise in their own journey towards maturity.  

Ozgur Dogan
has been included in:
  • 100 Enablers 2022 (USA)
  • 100 Enablers 2023 (USA)
  • 100 Enablers 2024 (USA)