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Don’t Be a Data and Analytics Turkey

by Doug Laney  |  November 19, 2017  |  1 Comment

With Thanksgiving approaching this week in the U.S., last month in Canada, the following week in Australia, and even in the Netherlands this month, let’s also give thanks for the well-planned and executed data and analytics initiatives that help our organizations thrive. Unfortunately, some businesses and government departments, CIOs, CDOs, project leaders and consulting professionals out there could be considered turkeys instead.

turkey with EIM model 2

Findings from the various enterprise information management (EIM) maturity workshops we have held while sailing around the world, give us a clear indication of things that are often stuffing-up data and analytics efforts. If these stale leftovers are a tradition that gives your organization indigestion, perhaps you should plan to toss them out over the coming year:

Top Vision Challenges:
Competing priorities
Untangling legacy systems
Cultural acceptance

Top Strategy Challenges:
Siloed thinking
Lack of dedicated executive sponsor
Differing business unit opinions

Top Metrics Challenges:
Ill-defined measurements
Failing to understand metrics
Lacking quantification know-how

Top Governance Challenges:
Moving accountabilities from IT to the business
Understanding the role of info governance
It is seen as extra work that nobody wants to own

Top People (Org/Role) Challenges:
Understanding the importance of enterprise information management (EIM)
Data and analytics roles are not seen as a worthy investment
Fear of layoffs from analytics and automation

Top Process (Information Lifecycle) Challenges:
A “keep data forever, because we might need it” mentality
Data is out of sight and out of mind
Complications from differing country regulations

Top Technology (Infrastructure) Challenges:
Business units demand their own tools and engage vendors on their own
IT’s response time to make changes
Information architecture is undefined

It’s a New World of data and analytics possibilities, and we Gartner analysts (many of us pilgrims in the field ourselves) are anxious to help you and your organization on your voyage. We look forward to seeing you at our upcoming Data & Analytics Summits throughout the world in early 2018, including:

Until then, be sure to feast your eyes upon a big helping of our data & analytics maturity research such as:

And for dessert (There’s always room for dessert!), dig into my new book, Infonomics: How to Monetize, Manage, and Measure Information for Competitive Advantage, including the “How Infosavvy Are You and Your Organization” self-assessment and instant report.

Follow me on Twitter @Doug_Laney #infonomics #GartnerDA. Connect with me on LinkedIn

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Doug Laney
VP and Distinguished Analyst, Chief Data Officer Research
10 years at Gartner
30 years in IT industry

Doug Laney is a research vice president and distinguished analyst with Gartner. He advises clients on data and analytics strategy, information innovation, and infonomics (measuring, managing and monetizing information as an actual corporate asset). Follow Doug on Twitter @Doug_Laney...Read Full Bio


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