Starting steps for sustainable analytics
Are you ready for the journey?
It’s never easy to begin a new journey, and it’s even more difficult when you don’t know where you’re going, or how to get there. It’s no different with the journey towards building a sustainable business analytics solution. The panoply of analytics tools and technologies on the market is vast, and it makes taking that first step of the journey to analytics-driven insight a step into the unknown. However, as with any journey, the best first step is often to simply start where you are. The next step is to ask “crunchy” questions—those questions with answers that drive strategy, performance, and success.
It’s also essential to listen to signals from everywhere and pull that information into automated processes that facilitate quicker insight into data and events that shape the business environment. Present the information you’ve gleaned to decision-makers in a format that’s visually engaging and stimulates thought and action, but take that action based on facts, not your gut. Weave that reliance on data into the very fiber of the organizational culture, and make smart investments in technologies that will answer your questions and meet your needs.
There’s no one-size-fits-all methodology or map to follow. The analytics journey will be unique for every organization, but the outcome should be the same: to be able to recognize, confront, and manage the challenges and constraints that inhibit growth and performance, now and in the future. Are you ready to begin your journey?