What are you trying to achieve with your data? How exactly is data going to underpin your business objectives? You’d be surprised how many organizations don’t ask themselves this question before they start building their data house: the end result is never what they expected, wanted, or needed, resulting in lost ROI and some serious questions for the CDO, CIO or data lead. Think about commercial objectives and use this as your blueprint from the beginning: it’s the only way to get the data and technology you need.
As we’ve already said, rubbish in, rubbish out. You have to address data quality before you implement a data solution, and that means assessing the data you have, the data you need to reach your outcomes, and the steps you need to take to make sure that data is accurate, reliable, timely, and consistent. We repeat: no technology will do this for you.
Once you have ascertained what ‘good data’ looks like, how do you stop ‘bad data’ from filtering back into the business? With data governance: the processes and protocols that govern how your organization handles data.
There’s no point digging those excellent foundations if you’re going to stick a straw house on top of them anyway. You need to make sure you’re getting the right technology for what you want to achieve with your data – both for the here and now, and for your long-term business plans. Simply picking a ‘top right’ vendor from the Gartner Quadrant isn’t enough: you need to know how to find technology that can deliver what you need.
How are you going to get your bricks to the site, and assembled correctly? You need to pay close attention to migrating your data or you could hit delays in your project as unexpected formatting and migration snags occur.
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We’re going to take an educated guess here and say that the third little pig had some expert help when he built that brick house – little pigs don’t have opposable thumbs, after all.
This is where Amplifi come in. We can support you on every aspect of the data process: from establishing data quality and governance to choosing the right technology for your needs, to implementing that technology effectively. We understand data and, more importantly, how it connects with people in your organization, and can make sure that any data management solution fully integrates into your business.
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