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Data 'control issues' still holding businesses back

We have come along way when it comes to the effective management and utilisation of data. However, according to our recent research, most businesses are still struglling to unlock the full potential of thier data assets.

95% of organisations say see negative impacts from poor data quality, affecting customer experience, business efficiency, and organisational reputation

Incorrect ownership (69%), lack of trust in data (49%) and information overload (65%) are the three key factors preventing businesses from leveraging data to achieve their strategic objectives. 95% also admit seeing detrimental effects from poor data quality, which could be negatively affecting customer experience.

A broad range of business stakeholders are looking for more control over their data, as many struggle to access valuable information and develop trust in it. We see year after year that despite ambitions, many businesses fail to take full advantage of the opportunity that data can provide because current infrastructure and management practices are not set-up to handle today’s digital consumer.

This is despite the fact that more organisations are establishing stronger data leadership, often steered by a Chief Data Officer (CDO). New leadership, empowered by business-user focused technology, can deliver the strategic direction to ensure the right people have access to trusted data and drive the best outcomes for the business. However, a culutre of data democratization needs to be implemented across the buisness to maximise the opportunties.

Changing Data Ownership

A lack of control over information impedes the ability of 70% of businesses to meet strategic objectives. The problem lies with who is responsible for managing data - 84% say information is processed by IT who have many other priorities than just data quality or analytics. As a result, more than half (56%) of companies say these teams don’t have an understanding of the organisation’s data management needs.

Putting a Chief Data Officer in place is now a well-established practice for many organisations.  However, it is key to implement the right strategies to reinforce both data compliance and security, along with allowing quick access to data for immediate business use.

Current processes conflict with how organisations want to see data managed. Three in four (75%) think responsibility for data quality should lie within the business, meaning those who use information are responsible for its upkeep.  Adopting a delegated approach means teams which use data and its insights for their day-to-day jobs, are also in charge of how it is created and processed.

Creating data confidence

One in three (33%) organisations view trust as a major challenge when extracting value from data. On average, companies believe 29% of their customer and prospect data is inaccurate in some way.  A further one in three report data being difficult to leverage because it is incomplete (38%) or not accessible through a single customer view (36%).

Human error is the main reason for mistrust in data. 50% think poor quality is down to it being inputted incorrectly, with other reasons for mistrust being information spread out across multiple sources (39%) and having an inadequate data strategy (30%). This means firms do not have confidence in insights or conclusions, because they might not represent the whole picture of a customer or situation.

Realising opportunities

Despite these issues, almost all (99%) businesses acknowledge being data-driven provides a competitive advantage. From improving customer experience (54%) and better insight for decision-making (51%), to more efficient business practices (52%), firms acknowledge the benefit of using data on their bottom line.

As a result, organisations are shifting their mind-set, with 89% seeing it as essential for succeeding in the digital market place. The biggest driver for improving data processes is improving customer experience. At present, 69% think inaccurate data is undermining their ability to do this. Yet companies are seeking to change this, with 53% of organisations focusing on it.



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Paul Malyon

Paul Malyon

Head of Data Literacy


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12 Feb 2019



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